Ian Cole

Ian Cole

Ian is the Chairman of community radio station 2WEB -Outback Radio broadcasting from Bourke in the centre of the Far Western region of NSW - regarded as ‘the gateway to the ‘real’ outback’. Their broadcast area covers over 130,000 sq kilometres. In 2018 Outback Radio took over publishing The Western Herald, a local newspaper which celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2017.

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Ian is the Chairman of 2WEB -Outback Radio broadcasting from Bourke which is situated in the centre of the Far Western region of NSW and is regarded as ‘the gateway to the ‘real’ outback’. Their broadcast area covers over 130,000 sq kilometres. 2WEB features prominently as a key part of the outback’s psyche. The station has been a saviour for the outback in times of emergency as well as a companion during the easier times. It has been, on many occasions, the only link that isolated communities have with the rest of the world. It is also the device by which travellers in the west can negotiate the sometimes-treacherous outback region. Ian passionately led Outback Radio's rescue of the iconic Western Herald, saving the masthead from extinction saying at the time: “This is what community media is all about, supporting your community. 2WEB has shown our commitment to this town for 40 years, we know how to run a successful community media operation, so it only made sense that we should save the paper."

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