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Tuncurry based radio station Great Lakes FM can continue to entertain the members of the local community thanks to a grant of $4000 from ETC.

Station Manager Andrew Farr said the money was used to contribute towards the cost of a new transmitter.

“Earlier this year our transmitter at the Cabbage Tree site failed and due to its age it could not be repaired,” Mr Farr said.

“Great Lakes FM does not receive any Government funding and relies on sponsorship, grant applications, membership and fund raising to keep us on the airwaves.”

Not having the funds available to purchase a new transmitter, the community radio station sought assistance from the District 44 Masonic Charities Incorporated.

District 44 Masonic Charities Secretary Don Andrews said Great Lakes FM was worthy of their support.

“This Community Radio Station assists the local Community with news items, local activities and wonderful music, and generally keeps the community informed of local, state and world news,” said Mr Andrews.

“We ran a fundraising event and contacted ETC to provide a grant to help contribute.

“It was great to personally meet the staff from ETC to show them around the station and for them to see the results.”

Great Lakes FM has been broadcasting for 28 years and pride themselves on bringing quality local information, news and entertainment to the people of the Great Lakes area. The station broadcasts for up to 18 hours per day, seven days a week from their studios in Douglas Avenue, Tuncurry.

ETC Director Lorraine Mouafi said it was a pleasure to be able to support Great Lakes FM.

“The ETC Community Support Fund is designed to help organisations improve the social and economic development of local communities,” Ms Mouafi said.

“ETC is proud to be a not-for-profit company and we are confident the money we are donating will help make a more positive future for our community.

“Since 1989, ETC has placed over 53,000 Australians into jobs, trained more than 25,000 people, helped over 36,000 small businesses to start-up and grow, and contributed in excess of $25 million to the local communities in which we operate.”



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