Interview with Samual Harrison, President Phoenix FM 106.7
The Voice of Your Community
This year Phoenix are doing the outside broadcast from Family Fun Day at Rosalind Park on Sunday 26th March from 11am to 1pm. It’s a great day for all families to come together. We’ve been part of the Bendigo Festival of Cultures for a couple of years now and I’ve been part of these broadcasts. You can sit back and look around and observe all the different people coming to celebrate what it means to them to live in Bendigo and be part of a diverse community and an inclusive society.
I’m a foodie myself and I love trying all the different cuisines from around the world. Put me in the middle of a cultural festival with food and I am a happy man! I can taste the world and celebrate what Bendigo has to offer. We are a big tourism town and you see people from different parts of the world and across Australia come to Bendigo to see what we have on offer.
Our city is founded on multiculturalism and diversity, from our mining heritage such as the Welsh and the Chinese miners all the way to the present day. People have come here to forge a new life for themselves and their families. The city has a strong heritage and growing up here myself, I’m extremely proud of the fact that with over 120,000 people in Bendigo everyone comes from different walks of life, backgrounds and diverse cultures.
Our city is made up of smaller, tight knit communities like Eaglehawk which has a significant community of people from all walks of life. They had their Dahlia and Arts Festival recently and the street parade was made up of people reflecting our ever changing community. At Phoenix FM we are a similar demographic to Bendigo itself in that we have over 120 volunteers representing every walk of life. We have presenters with an indigenous background, those from the LGBTI community to our shows aimed at youth. We promote diversity through our community radio station and are proud to support multiculturalism and inclusivity.
If you go out to Myers Flat way you can see the Great Buddhist Stupa, you’ve got the Sacred Heart Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral, all massive monuments to different faiths built for Bendigo. That in itself is something to celebrate. You can take people from anywhere and bring them to Bendigo and they will find their niche.
Interview and Photo: Dawn Delaney