23 December 2005
ACMA proposes change of site for Mudgee radio service
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is proposing to move a translator of commercial radio service 2GEE Mudgee to a new site at Mt Bocoble, Kandos and extend the 2GEE licence area.
‘ACMA’s proposal follows consideration of a request from the licensee of 2GEE Mudgee to move its Kandos translator to a more preferred site,’ said Lyn Maddock, Acting ACMA Chair.
The licensee of 2GEE, Mudgee Broadcasting Company Pty Ltd, considers the Mt Bocoble site to be superior to the existing site at Shire Council Tower, Baldy Peak, Cumber Melon Range (Cumber Melon).
The licensee of 2GEE also requested that it be allowed to extend its licence area to cover the recently formed Mid Western Regional Council boundary. This would effectively double the existing licence area and cause significant signal overlap into surrounding commercial radio licence areas.
ACMA is instead proposing to extend the 2GEE licence area to the south to cover the areas of Pyramul and Illford and along the Castlereagh highway. This solution would ensure there is no signal overspill into the Bathurst and Lithgow commercial radio licence areas and would reduce the overlap with the Remote Commercial Radio North Eastern licence area. Neither Pyramul nor Illford currently receive a licensed commercial radio service.
Those wishing to comment on these proposals can do so by 10 February 2006. The draft variation to the Mudgee licence area plan and explanatory paper are available from ACMA’s website or by calling Freecall 1800 810 241.
Media contact Donald Robertson, ACMA Media Manager on (02) 9334 7980.