Vicki Buchanan of Rhema FM is looking for a new permanent location for the radio station in Gladstone.
Vicki Buchanan of Rhema FM is looking for a new permanent location for the radio station in Gladstone.

New home needed for radio station

VICKI Buchanan and her community radio team have been hitting the local airwaves from a demountable building in a small industrial yard for the past five years.

Although grateful for the use of the building, Rhema FM is now looking for a permanent home, with better public access.

“People complain because they can’t find us,” Ms Buchanan said.

The Christian radio station was originally moved from Radar Hill to “temporary” accommodation at the old Golding compound half a decade ago.

“Don’t get me wrong, we are very grateful to Golding,” he said. “If it wasn’t for Golding, we’d be off the air ... but we would like to move somewhere permanent.”

Ms Buchanan said the station had a donor willing to buy a new place, but finding a suitable building to move into was the problem.

The new building would need to have a line of sight to Round Hill, be around 100-200sqm and have enough parking.

Councillor Clyde Cameron put out the call at this week’s council meeting, asking if anyone could provide or suggest a place for the community station to move into. But he said Gladstone Regional Council did pose part of the problem, as there would only be certain zones where the radio station would be able to be set up.

“I know they have been looking for a place, but it is Christmas time, so it would be great if the community could lend them a hand,” Cr Cameron said.

“Rhema always supports the community, so it would be great for the community to give them a little support as well.”

Cr Cameron said radio stations like Rhema were important for the community as they encouraged good values and residents to be involved in the community.

Residents who may be able to suggest a place for Rhema to move to can contact Ms Buchanan on 4972 9355 or Cr Cameron on 0448 884 190.



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