The Commit to Community Radio campaign was launched on 20 February, 2013 and attracted strong support as well as garnering national media attention.
In the May Budget, 2012, a funding shortfall of $1.4 million per annum put the future of community digital radio services at risk.
In response, the Commit to Community Radio public awareness campaign was launched, encouraging listeners to call on the Federal Government to address the shortfall.
In the lead up to the May 2013 federal budget, some 43,000 community radio supporters made their voices heard, taking a range of actions which included sending tens of thousands of emails to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, and other key politicians. Supporters and stations highlighted the need for the government to address the funding shortfall for the benefit of communities right across the country, arguing that the community broadcasting sector deserved affordable access to digital radio broadcasting alongside the national and commercial broadcasting sectors.
In June 2013, the Federal Government addressed the shortfall by providing the additional $6 million required for the 2013/2016 period to maintain all current community digital radio services.
Read the victory announcement – Breaking news: Government makes good on digital funding
The CBAA made available a number of resources to help spread the word and encourage supporters to take part in the Commit to Community Radio campaign.
- Pre-recorded 30-second promos
- Information sheets for broadcasters and other volunteers
- Digital Radio Funding Campaign Scripts
- Campaign logos for use on your website