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Expansion of commercial radio services in remote areas of central and north-east Australia

ACMA Media Release 12- 15 March 2012

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has decided to extend the transmission of commercial radio broadcasting services 4BRZ, 4RBL and 8SAT in remote areas of central and north-east Australia.

This follows public consultation on proposals released in September 2011 to vary the licence area plan (LAP) to accommodate new radio services in these remote areas.

The changes will extend 4BRZ services in NSW at Barrington/Stratford and Tenterfield, and in Qld at Alpha, Banana, Chinchilla, Collinsville, Dirranbandi, Goondiwindi, Julia Creek, Karumba, Miles, Monto, Normanton, Taroom, Theodore and Wandoan. New 4RBL services will operate in NSW at Barrington/Stratford, Tenterfield and Wilcannia, and in Qld at Alpha, Aurukun, Bamaga, Chinchilla, Goondiwindi, Julia Creek, Karumba, Gununa, Hope Vale, Kowanyama, Miles, Monto, Pormpuraaw, Taroom and Theodore. 8SAT services will become available in NSW at Lake Cargelligo, and in SA at Hawker and Minnipa.

The ACMA has decided not to amend the definition of the Remote Commercial Radio Service North East Zone RA1 (RNEZ) licence area at this time as a result of submissions to the draft LAP variation. The matter will now be considered as part of a subsequent variation to the Remote LAP.

The changes are contained in the Variation to Licence Area Plan - Remote Central and Eastern Australia Radio - No. 1 of 2012.

More information on the ACMA's broadcast planning process and LAPs can be found at the ACMA website or by calling 1300 850 115.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Emma Rossi, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719, 0434 652 063 or media@acma.gov.au.

Last updated: 17 September 2014