Plans to create a community radio station in Murray Bridge

PEOPLE POWER: Lower Murray Amateur Radio Club member Geoff Osborne hopes a community radio station will unite Murray Bridge.
PEOPLE POWER: Lower Murray Amateur Radio Club member Geoff Osborne hopes a community radio station will unite Murray Bridge.

A community radio station has the power to unite a township and bring its people together, and a local radio enthusiast is planning to do just that in Murray Bridge.

Geoff Osborne, of the Lower Murray Amateur Radio Club (LMARC), moved to town three years ago after creating successful community radio station 105.5 ROX FM during his years in Roxby Downs.

After he saw the positive impact the station had at Roxby, Mr Osborne set his sights on implementing a similar community hub in Murray Bridge.

“The problem I found when I moved here was that there are a lot of small clubs that can’t get their message or voice out and are not connected to each other in any way,” he said.

“A community radio station would give them a platform to share their plans and events and communicate with the public.”

Last November, Mr Osborne requested an FM frequency through the Australian Community Media Authority (ACMA) to get the station off the ground.

He said the plan was to get local schools involved.

“In Roxby, we had students on air all the time so they could get the experience and develop their skills and it encouraged the younger audience to listen in,” he said.

“I approached schools here and they were very interested… giving kids the opportunity helps give them the perspective that there’s a lot more out there career wise.”

In 1925, the LMARC built 5MU, which remains the leading radio station for the Murraylands.

“Maybe 100 years on, we’ll be building our second station,” Mr Osborne said.

Last week, Mr Osborne was advised by the ACMA that he was unsuccessful in getting a frequency this round, but he said this was not the end of the station.

“I’ve inquired about accessing an AM frequency… if that doesn’t work then we’ll keep planning and we’ve already made a request with the ACMA for a frequency in the next round,” he said.

Mr Osborne will host an open public meeting at the Johnstone Park Combined Clubrooms on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:30pm.