Community broadcasters lobbying for additional funds

The federal government’s mid-year budget review is in process and the community broadcasting sector is hoping that funding will be restored to two critical national community broadcasting sector projects, Amrap and the Digital Radio Project.

Amrap funding was not renewed in the May federal budget and it is limping along on limited reserve funds that will run out by the end of the year. The sector is beginning a lobbying campaign to restore funding, see the Amrap website. Already there are plenty of comments on the campaign facebook page (see below).

The Digital Radio Project received funding in the federal budget but the CBAA says is $1.4 million short of the funding required to maintain the current community digital radio services in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide.

The CBAA, in its latest newsletter, says it has been “repeatedly assured by the Minister’s office” that all options to restore funding are being explored.