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Proposed LAP variation: Remote Central and Eastern Australia Radio

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IFC: 5/2016

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Executive summary

Proposed LAP variations

This discussion paper accompanies the draft instrument, Variation to Licence Area Plan – Remote Central and Eastern Australia Radio – 2016 (No. 1) (the 2016 draft variation).

In response to the submissions received from the public consultation process for a 2013 draft variation to the Licence Area Plan – Remote Central and Eastern Australia – Radio (the Remote LAP), the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) has reconsidered several proposals contained in that draft variation. As a result, the ACMA proposes to:

  • make spectrum available for the commercial radio broadcasting service with the callsign 8SAT at Birchip
  • make spectrum available for the commercial radio services with the callsigns 4RBL and 4BRZ at Bocoble
  • vary technical specifications for the commercial radio service with the callsign 4RBL, and make spectrum available for the commercial radio service with the callsign 4BRZ, both of which are to serve the Warrumbungles
  • make spectrum available for the commercial radio service with the callsign 4BRZ at Coolah.

The licensee of the existing Remote Central Zone commercial radio broadcasting service with the callsign 8SAT has requested that the ACMA consider varying the Remote LAP to:

  • make spectrum available at Beulah
  • make spectrum available at Mt Buller.

The licensee of the existing Remote North East Zone commercial radio broadcasting service with the callsigns 4RBL and 4BRZ has requested that the ACMA consider varying the Remote LAP to:

  • make spectrum available for 4RBL and 4BRZ at Coonamble and Kendall
  • make spectrum available for 4BRZ at Comboyne
  • vary technical specifications and the name of the general area served for the 4RBL and 4BRZ services at Coomba Park/Stroud
  • vary technical specifications for the 4RBL and 4BRZ services at Childers and include an alternative technical specification for both services
  • vary technical specifications for the 4RBL service at Cooktown.

The ACMA is also proposing to:

  • vary technical specifications for the commercial radio broadcasting service with the callsign 4RBL at Comboyne
  • vary technical specifications for the community radio broadcasting service with the callsign 4ACR at Wujal Wujal
  • make spectrum available for the community radio broadcasting service with the callsign 8KIN at Ceduna, Elliott and Katherine.

The ACMA has formed preliminary views that the proposed variations listed below will promote the objects of the BSA, including the economic and efficient use of radiofrequency spectrum, by improving the coverage and reception of those services in their licence areas.

The ACMA has, therefore, decided to seek public comment on the proposed radio LAP variations, namely that it should, in the Remote LAP:

  • make spectrum available for the commercial broadcasting service with the callsign 8SAT at Birchip, Victoria (Preliminary view 1)
  • make spectrum available for the commercial broadcasting service with the callsign 8SAT at Beulah, Victoria (Preliminary view 1)
  • make spectrum available for the commercial broadcasting service with the callsign 8SAT at Mt Buller, Victoria (Preliminary view 1)
  • make spectrum available for the commercial broadcasting services with the callsigns 4RBL and 4BRZ at Bocoble, New South Wales (Preliminary view 2)
  • make spectrum available for the commercial broadcasting service with the callsign 4BRZ at Coolah, New South Wales (Preliminary view 2)
  • vary technical specifications for the commercial broadcasting service with the callsign 4RBL at the Warrumbungles, New South Wales (Preliminary view 2)
  • make spectrum available for the commercial broadcasting service with the callsign 4BRZ at the Warrumbungles, New South Wales (Preliminary view 2)
  • make spectrum available for the commercial broadcasting services with the callsigns 4RBL and 4BRZ at Coonamble, New South Wales (Preliminary view 2)
  • vary technical specifications for the commercial broadcasting services with the callsigns 4RBL and 4BRZ at Childers, Queensland and include an alternative technical specification for both services (Preliminary view 2)
  • vary technical specifications and the name of the area served for the commercial broadcasting services with the callsigns 4RBL and 4BRZ at Coomba Park/Stroud, New South Wales (Preliminary view 2)
  • make spectrum available for commercial broadcasting services with the callsigns 4RBL and 4BRZ at Kendall, New South Wales (Preliminary view 2)
  • make spectrum available for the commercial broadcasting service with the callsign 4BRZ at Comboyne, New South Wales (Preliminary view 2)
  • vary technical specifications for the commercial broadcasting service with the callsign 4RBL at Comboyne, New South Wales (Preliminary view 2)
  • vary technical specifications to address interference issues for the commercial broadcasting service with the callsign 4RBL at Cooktown, Queensland (Preliminary view 2)
  • vary technical specifications and the licence area of the community broadcasting service with the callsign 4ACR at Wujal Wujal, Queensland (Preliminary view 3)
  • make spectrum available for the community broadcasting service with the callsign 8KIN at Ceduna, South Australia, and Elliott and Katherine, Northern Territory (Preliminary view 3)
  • make minor amendments to update the schedules and various attachments in the Remote LAP (Preliminary view 4).

Further discussion of these matters is set out in the Draft variation to licence area plan - Remote central and Eastern Australia Radio- 2016 (No 1) paper.

Once a draft LAP has been finalised, the varied LAP is published under Final licence area plans.

Issue for comment

Opportunity to provide feedback—This discussion paper does not seek responses to specific questions. However, the ACMA welcomes comment from interested stakeholders on the issues raised in this paper or any other issues relevant to the proposed LAP variation.