Speaking at today’s Community Broadcasting Association Conference n Cairns, Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said “community media informs, connects and unites us.”
Minister Rowland discussed the government’s $20 million commitment to the community broadcasting sector, announced in this week’s budget, telling conference delegates “this will give the sector the certainty it needs.”
“It will help to ensure that more local content reaches more diverse audiences… it will also support enhanced services, news and upskilling of volunteers.
“Audiences trust community radio stations and the volunteers who run them.”
She talked about her visit to Braidwood FM and praised their crucial work during the bushfires.
“Strong community broadcasters build strong communities,” she said.
Rowland plans to introduce a bill to Parliament that will streamline the licencing process and consider future support of the community broadcasting sector. The bill is aimed at “providing greater regulatory clarity and certainty… it will also streamline the ACMA’s licencing processes.”