Keep the Community in your Radio Petition


Success! The Government has announced additional funding support of $12 million will be provided to the community broadcasting sector for to community digital radio, enhanced news and streaming services, and enhanced training. Find out more.

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 2017-06-26 23:55:10 +1000
  • signed 2017-06-26 23:21:27 +1000
    In relation to the license, and what community radio has done for the community and it’s people, it seems strange that with the looming very high unemployment in SA in particular, and that with the closing of Holden’s and various entities that will either have to close or scale back their work force due to the factory closing, and the reports of many other business having to do the same because of the high cost in operating in SA, the question has to be put, can the government really afford to close a training facility down like community radio when so many jobs are on the line? This surely would not look too good for any government when they are spruiking jobs, to take the training facilities away from community stations like Wow FM, and from the people and the community that they represent would a devastating bad news story for any government? so in light of this , would it not be in the governments best interest to make sure that training grounds like community radio can continue on, for the advantages of a jobs prospects that they are so loudly spruiking .
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-25 20:12:27 +1000
  • signed 2017-06-25 20:11:57 +1000
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  • signed 2017-06-25 15:01:21 +1000
    I started out on the first ever community radio – Radio UNE. Yes, students actually led the way. It’s been an interesting journey and one that should continue.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-06-24 15:49:16 +1000
  • signed 2017-06-24 15:48:55 +1000
    Karen Whitney
  • signed 2017-06-24 11:41:25 +1000
    Allan Pennant
  • signed 2017-06-24 10:43:21 +1000
    Life would be very boring without community radio.
  • signed 2017-06-24 09:41:57 +1000
  • signed 2017-06-24 09:05:44 +1000
  • signed 2017-06-24 08:50:41 +1000
    Thanks for supporting grass roots talent and communications.
  • signed 2017-06-24 08:13:21 +1000
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  • signed 2017-06-24 06:49:29 +1000
    Music needs the air play
  • signed 2017-06-24 00:42:56 +1000
  • signed 2017-06-23 23:42:43 +1000
    As Migrants of Fiji, community radio has helped us in sharing News in English and Fijian, and also sharing the History of Fiji for the Kids and family, I also

    teach Short Fijian Phrases for kids and adults, I also share community messages such a great help this community radio. I have spent 19years on

    Koori Radio Live and Deadly, it gives our community great boost. So please Turnbull and Shorten, keep the radio funding going when you are elected in.
  • signed 2017-06-23 23:41:58 +1000
    Karl Robert Armstrong
  • 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.
  • signed 2017-06-23 21:04:28 +1000
    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 18:48:53 +1000
  • signed 2017-06-23 18:35:20 +1000
  • signed 2017-06-23 18:01:49 +1000
    Community radio is vital
  • signed 2017-06-23 17:55:52 +1000
  • signed 2017-06-23 17:08:04 +1000
  • signed 2017-06-23 17:04:24 +1000
    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.
  • signed 2017-06-23 16:56:50 +1000
    My seniors card says I am a valued member of the community well am I and others like me.
  • signed 2017-06-23 16:53:05 +1000