VISION Australia Radio (VAR) has landed a $174,000 grant to move into a permanent home.
The Lotterywest grant will help provide new equipment and assist VAR Perth move from their temporary studios at Edith Cowan University to purpose-built studios at Vision Australia’s local headquarters in West Leederville.
Disability Services minister Stephen Dawson made the announcement this morning.
Vision Australia chief executive Ron Hooton said the move would expand Perth programming to 45 hours per week and help the organisation become an employment hub for people who are blind or have low vision.
“VAR provides an incredibly important service to people who are blind, have low vision or have a print disability, with a range of specialist programs and readings of the day’s news from local, metropolitan and national newspapers,” he said.
“The expansion of local programming will give more people who are blind or have low vision the chance to get essential workplace skills as volunteers with VAR in office and other roles that will support them to build a fulfilling career.”
An estimated 152,000 people over 15 listen to VAR nationally at some point in their week.