CMR COVID-19 Bulletin Project

Providing positive stories for the Victorian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and broader communities during and about the State’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Airing every weekday at 4:30pm on 3KND Radio

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About this project

It’s all about looking for on-air stories that examine and discuss some of the positives – yes, positives – in the harsh reality that is Victoria’s COVID-19 social restrictions and lockdowns. They exist big time! Here are just a few of them…(click here for the full library).

Click here for all the stories in this project

Keeping informed

It’s also important that we’re up to date with all the latest news about COVID-19 figures from around Victoria. So here are the three most recent COVID-19 media releases from the Department of Health and Human Services…(click here for the full library).

Click here for all the news releases in this project

About the Project

The CMR COVID-19 Bulletin Project is a Connection Matters Radio (CMR) entirely self-funded project that is researched, produced and hosted by CMR’s Charles Pakana. It first went live at 4:30pm on Tuesday the 4th of August 2020, airing initially on 3KND 1503.

It came about as a result of a frantic one-and-a-half hours on Sunday the 2nd of August 2020 during the Victorian Premier’s press conference in which he announced Victoria entering a State of Disaster and the introduction of Stage 5 restrictions.

At the time of the press conference, Charles was hosting his Sixties Sojourn radio program. While two-song sets were playing he monitored the ABC News coronavirus live blog and wrote quick updates that were broadcast in between sets. This went on for one-and-a-half hours and inspired him to approach 3KND management with the idea of producing a daily 30-minute COVID-19 Bulletin for the station’s growing audience.

That was on Monday the 3rd of August. The CMR COVID-19 Bulletin was launched the very next day.

The Project's Content

The primary goal of the CMR COVID-19 Bulletin project is to provide audiences with a balanced view of life in the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind the focus is on searching for and producing on-air stories that are informative, entertaining, constructive and positive. 

Is it all About Aboriginal Content?

Not at all. While Connection Matters Radio is Aboriginal-owned and -operated, the majority of content is produced for everybody

How can I Support the Project?

First up, put your wallet away. Even though this project is 100% self-funded and consumes an enormous amount of unpaid time, as Charles Pakana’s mentor and elder Uncle Talgium Edwards told him at the outset: “Trust in Bunjil and the spirits.”

The way you can help this project is simple:

  • Use the share button on this page to promote awareness on social media
  • Like the CMR Facebook page
  • Contribute your ideas for stories and interviews by using the contact form here
  • Just support and be nice to each other.

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