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.


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 2016-07-06 11:56:11 +1000
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  • signed 2016-07-05 22:51:49 +1000
    l listen to community radio daily, both 3pbs & 3rrr ,my daily vocation as a painter would be even more mind numbing thanks to everyone, doing a deadly job nationwide.
  • signed 2016-07-05 22:31:59 +1000
    I don’t believe for a second that labor would keep that promise.
  • signed 2016-07-05 22:13:50 +1000
    I love 2SER please support it
  • signed 2016-07-05 20:46:53 +1000
    where would we be without community radio?

    i will tell you….

    stuck in the dark musik and culture wise and left with silly arse commercial radio….

    over and over the same black and white spewtum…

    i dont want to be a blind and deaf man…

    where would we find the amazing new things that community radio offers…

    we would all become robots…

    i dont want to be a robot.

    i love my digital radio and every time i turn it on… well sorry , it never gets turned off!,

    but i thank all the hard work put in by all to bring us community radio stations.

    mt grandfather put me onto it when i was a kid. he would be up late listening to 3mbs or 3cr

    and that was his life every evening…. golden!


    it healthy!

    thank you radio girls and guys for massaging my brain….

    stay kool

  • signed 2016-07-05 20:42:08 +1000
    I cannot survive without Community radio.
  • signed 2016-07-05 17:57:25 +1000
    Please don’t make harder for community radio to stay on the air! We need it!
  • signed 2016-07-05 17:53:23 +1000
    A valuable community resource we cannot afford to lose
  • signed 2016-07-05 16:06:56 +1000
    There is no reason on earth to defund community radio. Defund your bombs instead.
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  • signed 2016-07-05 13:34:36 +1000
    A vital service to the community offering unbiased opinions….. it needs to be funded to keep this
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  • signed 2016-07-04 21:10:33 +1000
    PBS, RRR and Radio Eastern are just three of the great local radio stations that Melbournians are fortunate to have available every day of the week. The volunteers work tirelessly behind the scenes and on the airwaves to bring to the community an endless stream of music, community news and entertainment. Melbourne wouldn’t be what it is without community radio and we need to do all that we can to keep it going.
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