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Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media (QRAM) is a non-profit Aboriginal Corporation and is one of eight Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RIMO’s) in Australia.
Based in Cairns, QRAM provides a range of services to radio stations in the remote Queensland communities of Aurukun, Doomadgee, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Lockhart River, Mapoon, Mornington Island, Napranum, Northern Peninsula Area (NPA), Pormpuraaw, Woorabinda and Wujal Wujal. These stations are funded under the Remote Indigenous Broadcast Services scheme and are often called RIBS stations, or their original name, BRACS services. The name BRACS comes from the original scheme that enabled them to be set up in the 1980 and 1990′s. Many people in communities still call their station BRACS.
QRAM’s services are ‘tailor-made’ to the requirements of each individual station, include training, technical support, general administrative support, representation of the region to Government and Broadcasting Industry bodies, assistance with licensing including renewals, and secretariat support. QRAM specialises in finding innovative solutions to the many challenges faced by broadcasters in remote areas, including the Black Star service you can read about here.
QRAM Aboriginal Corporation was formed in 2006/2007, becoming fully operational in July 2007. Our services were sorely needed as Queensland RIBS had received minimal support over the previous 7 years, with the demise of the previous co-ordinating body, RIMAQ, in 1999.
Since the formation of QRAM, there has been a revitalisation of broadcasting activities in remote Queensland and stations that had been dormant have ‘dusted themselves off’ and are back providing an essential service to their communities.