Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has welcomed the recent announcement of new funding for the community radio sector, supporting the vital role they play in enhancing the diversity of Australia’s media and broadcasting sector.
The Coalition Government will provide new funding of $6.1 million over two years to support the rollout of digital radio services and one-off spectrum reorganisation costs for analogue radio services.
Mr Porter said the Government’s investment is in addition to the $15 million per annum already provided through the Community Broadcasting Program.
“The new funding will be focussed on the roll-out of digital radio into regional areas and will provide some additional investment to support infrastructure needs of community stations,” Mr Porter said.
“This funding complements other funding available to the sector, and the many thousands of hours that volunteers across the country provide in support of their local stations.
“I recently visited Radio VCA 88.5FM – a local community radio station in Ellenbrook – and met volunteers Beryl and Graham. Their team spends countless hours teaching people, young and old, the skills of broadcasting on radio. It’s a pleasure to be able to support their fantastic community work.”
Community radio is an important voice, with 455 community radio stations transmitting to more than 5 million people each week. That makes community radio Australia’s largest independent media sector.