Most of you will probably be aware of how important community radio is to me. I started doing it when I was a socially awkward eighteen year old and i’ve somehow managed to spend the next nine years doing what I love for a living as a direct result. That’s pretty special.
Tomorrow night, our government is likely to pull funding for community radio across Australia. This is a gamechanger. It’ll end something that’s provided endless opportunities, not to mention a voice, to people across our country that need it far, far more than I ever have. That’s a scary thought.
Community Radio is essential. It provides the resource for those dedicated to fill in the huge, huge gaps in our broadcasting landscape that commercial media and government-owned media can’t. It punches far above its weight, and for a relatively small outlay, works incredibly effectively to improve the quality of life that we all enjoy here.
It’s mostly driven by passion, and it bubbles under the surface far more often than it makes a splash. That makes it something that, without a critical eye, may be taken out quietly, amidst the mania that’s no doubt going to ensue tomorrow night. But it’d be foolish. Community radio gives opportunity to those with passion, and offers both a voice and a sense of community to so many groups, cultures, localities and movements within our country. Lose community radio and you lose one of the most effective tools for a huge, diverse range of Australians.
Please do what you can to support community radio. Lending your support here is a good start: