VIDEO | Shoalhaven says save our ABC

A protest at possible budget cuts to the ABC took place outside Gilmore MP Anne Sudmalis' office Wednesday morning.

A protest at possible budget cuts to the ABC took place outside Gilmore MP Anne Sudmalis' office Wednesday morning.

About 30 people voiced their concern over cuts to the ABC at a protest rally in Nowra on Wednesday morning.

The group gathered outside Gilmore MP Anne Sudmalis’ office chanting and holding placards.

They were there to express their outrage at proposed cuts to the national broadcaster, but also to hand Mrs Sudmalis a petition of more than 300,000 online signatures of which 1641 were from Gilmore.

While the local protest was under way The Sydney Morning Herald reported ABC staff had been warned to prepare for painful budget cuts, job losses and the "tragedy" of the government scrapping the Australia Network international broadcasting service.

In an email to ABC employees, ABC board member and veteran journalist Matt Peacock argued even a small reduction to ABC funding would threaten jobs and lead to cutbacks in regional areas.

Organiser of the Nowra protest Kimberly Chiswell from Basin View was impressed with the number of people who felt passionately enough about the issue to come out and be a part of the rally.

“I wanted to do this because the ABC helped shape me to be the socially conscious and informed person that I am,” she said.

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