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How you can help save community radio in a minute

5 May

The recent Federal Budget announcement includes a cut of $1.4 million per annum, funding that currently keeps community radio stations broadcasting on digital in five capital cities. If we don’t get those funds reinstated, community radio will get left behind on the AM/FM dial.

Community radio is an essential medium in both WA and around the country. It allows listeners to engage with their local communities about issues important to them and to make their voices heard. Then there’s the fact that for most bands in Australia, it’s one of their most vital tools in launching their careers, community radio stations championing local music better than any other radio spectrum. In WA alone, we are fortunate enough to have several community radio stations, including RTRFM 92.1, Noongar Radio, Radio Freo, Heritage, Kalamunda Community Radio, Boom Radio, Tjuma Pulka FM, 89.7 as well as regional community radio stations in towns such as Albany, Harvey, Meekatharra and Bunbury.

At this stage we have a choice. We can stand by and accept what is almost certainly the beginning of the end for community radio, or we can speak up and let the Coalition and Labor know that, whoever wins government, we want the funding for community radio stations across the country reinstated. Organised by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, you can add your voice to the Keep the Community in your Radio campaign, which will take less than a minute


Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.