RTRFM “Keep Community Radio” campaign

Photo (l-r): Danae Gibson – RTRFM Talks Producer, Chris Wheeldon – RTRFM Operations Manager, Rewi Lyall – RTRFM Chairperson, Anthony Albanese – Shadow Infrastructure Minister, Karen Lee – RTRFM General Manager, Patrick Gorman – Federal Member for Perth, Jas Hughes – RTRFM Drive presenter.

Perth community radio station RTRFM 92.1 has asked Shadow Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese and Federal Member for Perth Patrick Gorman to support the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s (CBAA) 2019 election policy agenda to Keep Community Radio.

Mr Albanese and Mr Gorman visited RTRFM’s iconic annual fundraiser In the Pines at the Somerville Auditorium on the University of Western Australia’s Crawley campus in the electorate of Curtin, as seen in the picture above.

The CBAA has two key policy requests of all parties at this election to support the sustainability and growth of community broadcasting services to meet community needs:

  1. Long-term funding certainty – To ensure community broadcasting remains viable and can operate in an environment of certainty, we ask parties to commit to making all community radio funding recurrent, indexed and ongoing, rather than on allocation.
  2. Strengthen financial support for community broadcasting – Expand funding for the Community Broadcasting Program by an extra $5.1 million annually to allow a larger development and operations grants pool (through the General Sustainability and Development Fund (GSD)) to meet the growing needs of community radio stations.

Help support the CBAA’s policies by contacting Anthony Albanese and Patrick Gorman and encouraging them to Keep Community Radio.