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Beyond the Bars

mwalters_2, 21st June 2012

Beyond the Bars is a 3CR community project designed to give indigenous prisoners a voice.

Encompassing music and spoken word workshops facilitated by indigenous presenters from Melbourne community stations 3CR and 3KnD, the project then culminates in six radio shows broadcast live from regional Victorian prisons during NAIDOC* Week 2-6 July, and can be heard on 3CR 855AM, 3CR Digital and streaming online, and simulcast on 3KnD 1503AM.

For local singer/songwriter and one of the founders of the project, Kutcha Edwards, the broadcasts are an important way to give voice to indigenous prisoners. “Why is it that Australia’s indigenous peoples are the most imprisoned people per capita in the world? To hear the answers to that question, you need to tune in to Beyond the Bars.”  

Beyond the Bars connects indigenous prisoners to the wider community and is a remarkable radio event that gives voice to the experience of indigenous inmates serving time in Victorian prisons.

Beyond the Bars is Australia’s only live prison broadcast and this year is expanded to involve over 100 men, women and young people from the inside, sharing stories, songs, opinions and poems from within the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Barwon Prison, Fulham Correctional Centre, Marngoneet Correctional Centre, Loddon Prison, Parkville Youth Residential Centre and Port Phillip Prison.

The Beyond the Bars project has been running for over a decade, and has won several awards including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Radio Award in 2004 and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Contribution to Indigenous Broadcasting award in 2009.

Joh Kirby, Victoria Law Foundation Executive Director says, “Victoria Law Foundation is pleased to support Beyond the Bars 2012 during NAIDOC Week. Beyond the Bars gives indigenous inmates the opportunity to learn practical skills, and offers a unique forum for discussing and sharing their experiences of the law and the legal system with the broader indigenous community. We commend 3CR’s commitment to providing a voice to those most marginalised and under-represented in our community.”

Beyond the Bars receives financial support from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, the City of Melbourne, the Victoria Law Foundation and Corrections Victoria, Department of Justice.

Beyond the Bars - Australia’s only live prison broadcasts
NAIDOC Week July 2-6, 2012

Mon 2 July 11am-2pm – Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (Deer Park)
Tue 3 July 11am-2pm – Barwon Prison (Lara, near Geelong)
Wed 4 July 10am-12 – Fulham Corrections Centre (near Sale, Gippsland)
Wed 4 July 12-2pm – Loddon Prison (Castlemaine)
Thu 5 July 12-4pm – Port Phillip Prison (Laverton)
Fri 6 July 11am-2pm – Marngoneet Correction Centre (Lara, near Geelong)

Community Radio Network - stations using the Community Radio Network satellite service will be able to rebroadcast the Fulham Prison broadcast to their own audiences, on Wed 4 July, with DDN audio capture available by selecting Extras 1 (files will record as Beyond the Bars p1 & pt2 respectively). Pt 1: 14:04-15:00 EST. Pt 2: 15:04 - 16:00 EST.

For more information:
Lauren Zoric, Dog Day PR | 0405 793 722
Juliet Fox, 3CR Special Projects Coordinator, 9419 8377 / 0417 018 147

Media release for download/distribution.

Pictured: 3CR broadcaster Shiralee Hood at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre during 2011's event.

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Australia’s only live prison radio broadcasts, giving a voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander inmates.


Community radio stations around the country will be celebrating NAIDOC Week from 3 - 10 July.


On Sunday 2nd September, tune in from 13:00 EST for a set from Melbourne’s purveyors of bone shaking country blues Graveyard Train, all from the Visitor’s Centre at Port Phillip Correction centre in Laverton, with PBS' Claire Stuchbery hosting proceedings.