Last month, community broadcasters from across Australia gathered in Melbourne for the 2016 CBAA Community Radio Awards. These national awards are a celebration of community broadcasting excellence and recognise the accomplishments of community radio services and the people behind them across more than 20 categories. Amongst those recognised is young volunteer Zeina Tebbo for her outstanding contribution to her local station, Muslim Community Radio (2MFM).

This award recognises a young person who has contributed to their station or the sector in an outstanding way. Entries may be for any person aged under 26 years who has shown strong commitment to the values of community broadcasting in a number of areas.

Zeina commenced as a 2MFM Radio volunteer in 2012, while also studying engineering at the University of New South Wales. Today, Zeina volunteers in a  variety of departments including marketing, programming, research and governance. She has evolved into a prominent leader committed to supporting staff and volunteers.

The annual CBAA Awards are designed to promote and recognise excellence in community broadcasting. They acknowledge the accomplishments of stations and their programs, initiatives or practices that increase their capability and improve the services offered to that station’s community. Winners were announced at a special gala dinner held in Melbourne on Saturday, 12 November 2016.

CBAA Chief Executive Officer Jon Bisset had this to say of the Awards:

“There was an incredibly high quality of entries in this year’s CBAA Community Radio Awards. Congratulations to all the winning stations, programs, initiatives and individuals for 2016. The work recognised tonight is a testament to the value that those in the sector and our growing number of listeners place on vibrant community media and it’s critical role in upholding local content, access, diversity, inclusiveness, and independence in our communities across Australia. Thank you again to everyone who entered the awards this year.”