Yesterday, 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.

Senator Hinch welcomed this critical support:

“I am thrilled that the Senate backed my motion to not only increase funds to vital community radio in 2018-19 but to ensure that the funding is ongoing. That means community radio won’t have to go cap-in-hand every year like Oliver for his bowl of gruel in Oliver Twist.

I had a successful career in commercial radio for a long time but I also know the value TO the community OF community radio. You provide information, entertainment, cultural awareness and education, to more than five million diverse Australians a week. You reach Indigenous Australians, the LGBTI community, migrants, refugees, the elderly. And you give a chance for local musicians to get their material out there in a forum not provided by the commercials. Not to mention giving a start to people like my younger doppelganger Paul Murray!”

This funding would provide community radio with greater certainty and stability as DAB+ continues to grow in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane, and expands to Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and beyond.

Please help us show the Senators our gratitude by tweeting them a message like this one using the #keepcommunityradio hashtag:

“Thank you @JusticePartyAU, @SenatorLudlam, @Nick_Xenophon, @JacquiLambie for helping #keepcommunityradio”

Thank you, too, for your ongoing support – together we are helping Australian communities thrive through meaningful access to broadcast media, the production of local content and maintaining media diversity.

Jon Bisset

Chief Executive Officer

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

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