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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    Don’t take my Inspire Digital Radio and Country Radio away from me!! They help me to study.
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    Graham Evans – community radio is so important on many levels, it brings the community together while serving interest groups within the larger community. Many people have got a start on community radio and gone on and worked in the industry and even overseas.
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    Don’t let us loose this awesome contribution to Australian culture
  • signed 2016-07-10 22:59:29 +1000
    I would love this thing that I am starting to get involved in to remain so I can continue to listen and enjoy its services.
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  • signed 2016-07-10 17:20:18 +1000
    Please reinstate funding to community radio. To serves the community well across many aspects and deserves to have its place in our lives and various cultures.
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    We need to #keepcommunityradio! Will you commit to restoring digital radio funding? @SenatorFifield @TurnbullMalcolm
  • signed 2016-07-10 12:36:59 +1000
    Stop corporate welfare and fund health, education and community builders like community radio!
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  • signed 2016-07-09 21:07:35 +1000
    Community radio is vital. It is about the community informing the community and communicating about a host of important issues and ideas that are never mentioned at all in main stream media. It is reflective of what is really going on – it is not focussed on sensationalism. It is grassroots stuff and promotes strong connections. It also gives people of all ages and all manner of interests and areas of expertise a platform to share. It is non-intrusive and non-demanding.

    Please help keep it alive and well.
  • signed 2016-07-09 19:21:06 +1000
    Anything to help continue the brilliant Triple R!!!
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    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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