The National Features and Documentary Series aims to encourage storytelling from new and emerging producers around Australia. Individuals were invited to submit their idea for a feature or documentary and, after receiving many wonderful submissions, we're pleased to announce the 9 successful applicants. Congratulations all! These individuals will now undertake mentoring and training with the Community Media Training Organisation to bring their idea to fruition later this year. 

NFDS Producers
  • Aguer Ngor Athian 1

    Aguer Ngor Athian

    My name is Aguer Ngor Athian, I consider myself a human rights activist, I like to be the voice of the voiceless and love creating opportunities for those who have lost hope, to empower them and give them a platform to speak and empower themselves. I joined 3ZZZ radio in 2011, as a broadcaster for Sudanese program. Two years later, I had an opportunity to participate to co-produce an Asylum…
  • Alexis West

    Alexis West

    Alexis West is a proud Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka, Kanak, Caucasian writer, poet, director, performer, artist, collaborator and facilitator. A current resident artist at Vitals Statistix, she will be performing at the 2018 Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair in new work BUKAL. Alexis recently co-curated the Australian Theatre Forum 2017 with Steve Mayhew. She has collaborated to create theatre with No…
  • Mahendra

    Mahendra Chitrarasu

    "Hello! My name is Mahendra Chitrarasu and I study English and philosophy at the University of Adelaide. I am a community radio baby. My sum involvement to date is a year spent co-producing a program called The Flâneur Files. This was done with two good friends of mine for Radio Adelaide. We band of brothers turned our attention to an eclectic range of topics from tragedy to first love. My…
  • Katharina Loesche 2

    Katharina Loesche

    Do you remember the first time you went on-air? When I (trying to hide the fact that I was a nervous wreck) broadcasted my very first radio-program for the German Language Group just in February last year at 4EB in Brisbane, people told me that my program sounds like Radio SBS. Never worked in Radio before - was that a compliment? Fast forward one year, I am the correspondent for Radio SBS German…
  • Rachel

    Rachel Edwards

    In the early nineties Rachel sat in on a Women’s Show on 5UV in Adelaide and was so mortifyingly and audibly nervous she did not think she would ever have a chance in radio – but cut forward to earlier this century, when Rachel returned home to Tasmania and had a burning desire to talk about books, interview writers and have her own show. Thus, The Book Show with Paige Turner was born, and ran…
  • Nikola Van De Wetering

    Nikola Van de Wetering

    Nikola first began volunteering in community radio in 2014 with CJSW 90.9FM Canada, whilst studying my MSc in geochemistry at University of Calgary. As somebody who wasn’t from a musical background, She fell almost instantly in love with spoken-word production. In 2016 Nikola received a NCRA award in Creative Production for her first radio play series ‘Fanny’s Fiendish Fairytales’. After…
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    Meredith Gilmore

    Meredith has been a volunteer presenter for ten years with Central Coast Community Radio, Coast FM 96.3, based in Gosford, NSW. Over those years she has been able to broadcast interviews with people from the Coast on a range of topics and issues. Her professional career includes work with community organisations in the mental health sector, with tertiary qualifications in communication, policy…
  • Barry Green

    Barry Green

    Barry Green has been Chairman of Donnybrook Community Radio since it was formed in 2011, and has been on air since 2016. He trained as a radio tech with the Department of Aviation and while working for them, spent 2 years on Cocos Island in the Indian Ocean. There he first encountered community radio and saw what powerful community communication tool it was. They also own tourist radio stations…
  • Aoife Cooke

    Aoife Cooke

    Aoife Cooke migrated to Australia from Ireland and has lived in Melbourne for over four years. She has been involved in Women on the Line, a national current affairs program, for three years and sits as a Director on the 3CR Committee of Management. Aoife came to community radio at 3CR, a station focused on progressive politics, through political campaigning. She started on 3CR's Tuesday…
NFDS Mentors
  • Stephen Stockwell

    Stephen Stockwell

    Stephen is a huge fan of community radio. He cut his teeth in the newsroom at 4ZZZ in Brisbane and spent about five years as a volunteer there in various facets of the station. Stephen stopped volunteering for a couple of years when he moved to WA to work with the ABC but since returning to Brisbane he has restarted his commitment with 4ZZZ by taking up a position on the board. He says, "I’m…
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    Nikki Marcel

    A Totally Women Powered Radio project run by Radio Adelaide’s student radio in 1996 got Nikki hooked on radio. She says "I love the creative opportunities community radio provides and that there’s always something new to learn. Since then I’ve done a bit of everything, from music shows, political programs, asylum seeker and refugee advocacy, to art and food. I’ve also worked on many special…
  • Maddy Macfarlane

    Maddy Macfarlane

    Maddy has been broadcasting at PBS 106.7FM in Collingwood, Naarm (Melbourne), since completing her announcer training 2006. PBS is a music-focused station, and she adores how vibrant Melbourne’s music scene is. Maddy has also become a trainer at the station, teaching their announcer course, and a course for short audio-story production aimed at folk feeling excluded from, or misrepresented by,…
  • Sharon Davis 1

    Sharon Davis

    Sharon Davis is a multi-award winning investigative journalist and producer. As well as work for ABC TV, Radio and Online, her programs have been broadcast around the world - on the BBC, major U.S. networks and throughout Africa. She has received both international and national recognition for work. She is a four-time winner of Australia’s most prestigious journalism award, the Walkley Award. She…
  • Kim Stewart

    Kim Stewart

    Kim Stewart is a social worker and radio producer at 4ZZZ 102.1fm where she became the nations first Station Advocate for People With a Disability in 2017. She coordinates the Ability Radio Project (winner of the 2015 Tony Staley Award for Excellence in Community Broadcasting), which facilitates radio training groups for people with cognitive differences. With QUT students, she produces a weekly…
  • Ian Hill

    Ian Hill

    Ian began at 2SER-FM ‘76 whilst at Macquarie Uni and found the perfect combination of music, technology and storytelling. It became obvious he wanted to make radio his full time gig so after he graduated Ian moved into the roles of producing, presenting and duty station manager. His career involved working for 8TOP-FM as Production Manager/Trainer and then managed 6NR in Perth after a stint as…
  • Ian Crouch

    Ian Crouch

    Ian has been involved with radio for the past 25 years. After completing Grant Goldman’s Future School of Radio course, he joined 2CCR-FM at Baulkham Hills in 1993, preparing and reading the news for the breakfast program. Ian also served on the station’s Board of Management and headed up the Technical Committee, overseeing the design and construction of Studio 2 and became the Station Manager.…
  • Georgia Moodie MentorRadio producer ABC RN

    Georgia Moodie

    Georgia Moodie is a radio producer at ABC RN. She currently makes long-form features for RN’s documentary programs, after working as a literature and arts reporter, and as a producer on RN’s national evening news and current affairs program. She got her start in radio at SYN, Melbourne’s youth-run community media organisation, where she was a presenter, producer, radio trainer, and a member of…