Keep the Community in your Radio Petition

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.

2016 UPDATES:

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.

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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 2016-07-09 13:55:01 +1000
    I support community radio!!
  • signed 2016-07-09 13:43:29 +1000
    Please,please,please keep funding community radio stations as I love listening to them and I love digital radio aswell.
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  • signed 2016-07-08 13:05:39 +1000
    Community radio provides a wonderful insight into “communities” as we found when we travelled around Australia in recent years. Our journey would have been less enjoyable without community radio station advice and entertainment. Curtin FM, which we listen to every day and most nights, is so much a part of Perth and is excellent for my generation (baby boomers). It also provides a great training resource for journalism students at Curtin University. Funding to community radio stations should continue with increased funding not cuts.
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    Matt Steffens
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    Don’t take the funk out of funky
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    We must nurture support and foster COMMUNITY in our suburbs
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  • signed 2016-07-07 17:17:03 +1000
    community radio is a fabulous asset.
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    Local bands need community radio. The end
  • signed 2016-07-07 08:58:26 +1000
    Stop messing with the Australian Music Industry… #keepcommunityradio
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    Community radio gives the people a voice.
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  • signed 2016-07-06 14:14:32 +1000
    Perth Community Radio Stations I love to listen to :)

    Capital Radio 101.7 fm

    Curtin Radio 100.1 fm