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 2016-07-16 13:09:16 +1000
    Community radio is a wonderful and essential source of entertainment and information. Please don’t let it be diminished in any way.
  • signed 2016-07-16 04:28:26 +1000
  • signed 2016-07-16 03:43:28 +1000
    Vitally important to maintain funding levels for community radio stations
  • signed 2016-07-15 22:44:41 +1000
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  • signed 2016-07-15 22:08:58 +1000
    Hosted: Certified Blues on 100fm Fremantle 1994-1996. Have loved the diversity of community radio for as long as I can remember. Wonderful memories, of my time at the station. Met some amazing dedicated individuals, volunteering their time, week in, week out, with little to no reward, just to share their passion of music. Whatever genre that may be. B-)
  • signed 2016-07-15 19:25:35 +1000
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  • signed 2016-07-15 12:59:07 +1000
    Please keep the community radio :)
  • signed 2016-07-15 08:13:53 +1000
    I really love that I can listen to people that are my age, talk about things that interest me, and do it all hilariously at the same time! Thank you for brightening up my days! #keepcommunityradio
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  • signed 2016-07-14 16:12:12 +1000
    Peter Francis
  • signed 2016-07-14 14:31:22 +1000
    Keep the radio stations on the air.
  • signed 2016-07-14 12:10:14 +1000
  • signed 2016-07-13 22:19:17 +1000
    Community radio is the only local radio in a lot of towns. It provides an important public service.Community TV also needs government support.:Community TV has no future as online only and the spectrum they use is of no commercial value except for TV transmission.
  • signed 2016-07-13 20:46:39 +1000
    real radio
  • signed 2016-07-13 19:04:02 +1000
    Keep community communication free and open.
  • signed 2016-07-13 18:49:14 +1000
  • signed 2016-07-13 16:46:55 +1000
    Probably the best community radio station in Australia
  • signed 2016-07-13 16:34:17 +1000
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  • signed 2016-07-12 22:15:32 +1000
    Love community radio, not governed by sources that muffle thruth. Community radio informative, often refreshing and vibrant.
  • signed via 2016-07-12 13:52:13 +1000
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  • signed 2016-07-12 11:08:02 +1000
    Community radio is a lifeline for so many, and the cost to keep it alive is so small. Please don’t let this thing that actually keeps our communities vibrant and thriving slip away.
  • signed 2016-07-12 11:00:02 +1000