Police look into claims of missing
POLICE are investigating an allegation that tens of thousands of dollars have gone missing from the bank accounts of Yeppoon community radio station Radio NAG.
Yesterday, Radio NAG’s new committee president, Angela Burke, described the station’s financial position as “desperate”.
However, Ms Burke is confident things can be turned around and she is optimistic about the future for the station which aims at encouraging local musicians and bands.
Police are looking into allegations that a large amount of money was withdrawn from the station’s bank accounts over a period between November 2009 and April.
Concerns had been raised earlier this year.
While the station has a new committee which was formed at the recent AGM, Ms Burke said the outgoing committee had compiled a report for police.
Yeppoon police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay yesterday said no one had been charged in relation to the matter.
Ms Burke said it wasn’t clear exactly how much money was missing but said it was believed to be in the tens of thousands.
“We are building it up now, but it’s still a struggle,” she said.
“We want to go from being in a poverty-stricken state to an abundant radio station that has potential to give back to the community.
“Once we have our books audited we can apply for more funding and grants.”
Ms Burke said it was a matter of urgency the new committee sought more sponsorship, new members, announcers and community donations.
“We want to build Radio NAG back up again, so that we can be the ones giving back to help other groups and individuals in our community – that’s what we are all about, along with encouraging local musicians and bands,” she said.
Cr Glenda Mather attended the recent annual general meeting and said the outgoing committee had been placed under a great deal of strain.
Radio NAG, on 91.3FM, was recently successful is receiving a grant from the Community Broadcasting Foundation for digital audio editing training.