Local voices matter in Moranbah, Queensland

October 1st, 2020

Local voices are making a difference to communities

Every time someone completes a 5-minute pulse survey they are given tokens to allocate to a community group registered with Local Voices. That group can then claim those tokens for cash donations. This month we are introducing some of the recipients of your tokens through the Local Voices Rewards program and celebrating the incredible work these grassroots organisations are doing.

One of these groups is 4RFM, a community radio station in Moranbah, Queensland.

4RFM started off in 1998 as a youth based radio station by a local youth worker, but has evolved over the years. It is run almost entirely by volunteers, giving young people a chance to program and present their own shows through their training programs. There are workshops for primary school to high school ages, and they run school based training in media as well.

4RFM is not just for the youth though, adults are also welcome, and Brianna Baggow, 4RFM’s Station Manager says it’s the ‘everyday people’ from the Moranbah community who have a passion for music and radio that give 4RFM its unique local voice.

“Our aim and purpose is just to connect the community. That’s why for us Local Voices is important because any statistics we can get to show what’s happening in the community, what people want, what they like, what people are concerned about, that concerns us as well…The information that BHP shares with us benefits everyone”

You can learn more about how to get involved and support 4RFM Community Radio here.

With a lot of businesses having been closed either temporarily or permanently throughout this year for COVID-19, and fundraising events in communities on hold, Local Voices is a great opportunity for community members to generate much-needed funds for local not-for-profit groups and clubs.