26 October 2010
New radio services for the Bunbury region of Western Australia
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has made frequencies available in the Bunbury and Busselton areas of Western Australia for:
- the introduction of the ABC radio service NewsRadio at Busselton;
- new translators for commercial radio broadcasting services 6TZ Bunbury at Augusta (101.5 MHz) and for 6SUN Bunbury at Collie and Margaret River (96.7 MHz and 100.3 MHz respectively);
- two new community radio broadcasting services at Harvey and Augusta (on FM 96.5 MHz and 97.1 MHz respectively); and
- a new high power open narrowcasting service at Collie (on 1593 kHz).
The ACMA has also changed the category of service of a planned (but unallocated) community radio broadcasting service at Bunbury to a high powered open narrowcasting service. This service is planned to operate on 855 kHz.
‘The ACMA endorses a diverse range of radio services to regional Australia,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. ‘The addition of new radio services will significantly increase the availability of information and entertainment to the people of the Bunbury region.’
The new high-powered open narrowcasting services at Collie and Bunbury will be auctioned to the highest bidder.
The Augusta and Harvey community radio services are expected to be allocated on merit following calls for applications.
The variation to the Bunbury licence area plan and other related documents are available on the ACMA website or by calling 1300 850 115.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Donald Robertson, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7980, 0418 86 1766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. For more information: www.acma.gov.au.