"As rain poured down and rivers rose, the radio buzzed with static where you’d
usually find Fitzroy Crossing’s community radio station, Wangki Yupurnanupurru
Radio. The station was off air, but not offline. When they couldn’t broadcast,
the Wangki team turned to Facebook to share emergency information.
They even put together audio updates in Kriol and other local languages. This
was a community radio station making sure everyone in their community had
access to information they needed. The broadcaster’s efforts are remarkable,
but not unusual in Australia’s community radio sector.
In Mallacoota, Victoria, 3MGB broadcast life-saving information while the
streets around them burned in the Black Summer fires. The Bay FM newsroom in
Byron Bay provided constant updates during the Northern Rivers floods. As
cyclone season bears down, Townsville’s Triple T FM is broadcasting disaster
These are just a few stories of how community radio stations support their
communities through the most extreme impacts of climate change."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics