Keep the Community in your Radio Petition

22 JUNE 2017 UPDATE:

A motion was passed in the Senate supporting community radio’s important role in providing a platform for diverse voices in an increasingly consolidated media landscape. Senators Hinch, Ludlam, Xenophon and Lambie moved that the Government should increase funding for community digital radio to $4.5m per annum in 2018/19 and commit to funding at that level on an ongoing basis.

4 MAY 2017 UPDATE:

The community broadcasting sector welcomed an announcement from Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield regarding increase in funding for the community radio sector over the next two years. The additional $6.1m funding is targeted for digital radio ($1.9m in 2017/18 and $2m in 2018/19) and a further $2.2m focused on support for stations affected by the reorganisation of the 803-960 MHz radio frequency band. Find out more.


In 2016, the Labor Party, the Australian Greens and the Nick Xenophon team announced that they would restore community radio funding if elected. The Keep Community Radio campaign sought support from all parties including the Coalition Government by maintaining funding to keep community radio stations broadcasting on digital radio.


The 2016 Federal Budget contained cuts of $1.4 million p.a., funding that was essential to community radio stations' continued broadcasting on digital in 5 capital cities. This put community radio’s standing alongside public and commercial broadcasters is at risk. 

The good news is that community radio has great community support and during this election campaign we’ll be speaking up loud and clear and calling for both the Coalition and Labor to restore the funding if they win government.

We passed the petition below on to government to show the community's support. 

The below was the message we shared via our petition:

Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, as a supporter of community radio I’m asking you to reinstate funding to keep community radio on digital if you win government.

Community radio serves so many Australians; from radio reading for people with a print disability to programming in the different languages spoken across our country, to Indigenous broadcasters, faith based stations, regional stations and youth stations.

Please don’t leave community radio behind.

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  • signed 2017-06-23 21:38:31 +1000
    Thank Goodness we have support from Government , Community Radio is a lifeline to so many people, many of them my friends. Sonny.
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    YO! #KeepCommunityRadio

    PEACE! #YoSimpatico

    📻👨‍👩‍👧‍👦☑️ #PBS #RRR
  • signed 2017-06-23 20:13:27 +1000
    Please do not forget Digital Community Radio for Regional areas such as LAUNCESTON, TASMANIA
  • signed 2017-06-23 19:34:43 +1000
    Keep up the good work Senators we love our community radio.
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    Community radio is vital
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    As media diversity continues to be threatened the voice of community radio is even more important than in the past. Public radio in Australia has a long and proud history. We cannot let it be silenced for partisan political reasons.
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    My seniors card says I am a valued member of the community well am I and others like me.
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    Been a voluntary broadcaster for 16 years on local radio 89.7 fm Perth. The great variety of topics and music unmatched by anyone. This is down to earth good stuff. Long may it reign.
  • signed 2017-06-23 15:39:14 +1000
    It’s important for our future.
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    Three Triple R changed my life. My vote will make change!
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