ACMA seeks comment on proposed changes to Penriths Cool Country 2KA and 2MAC Campbelltown | ACMA

ACMA seeks comment on proposed changes to Penriths Cool Country 2KA and 2MAC Campbelltown

MR 12/2013 - 13 March 2013

The Australian Communications and Media Authority is seeking comment on proposals to improve reception and coverage of two radio services in Sydney’s west: Campbelltown’s 2MAC commercial radio service and Penrith’s high power open narrowcasting (HPON) service, with the on-air ID ‘Cool Country 2KA’. 

With respect to 2MAC, the proposal is to move the service to a mixed antenna polarisation. This should improve reception of the service by ‘fixed’ receivers, such as kitchen or bedside radios. In-car coverage of the service should remain unchanged. 

With respect to Cool Country 2KA, it is proposed to change the service’s AM frequency from 1476 kHz to 1386 kHz. This should see the service revert to its original planned coverage and will improve night-time reception in the Penrith area. 

Both proposed changes are designed to address reception problems reported by the respective licensees (and accepted by the ACMA). Before reaching a final decision, the ACMA is interested in receiving the views of the affected communities, as well as other broadcasting licensees in the Sydney region. 

The proposed changes are contained in the Draft Variation to Licence Area Plan – Sydney Radio - No. 1 of 2013 and discussed in accompanying explanatory paper. 

These documents are available on the ACMA’s website or by calling 1300 850 115. 

More information on the ACMA’s broadcast planning process and licence area plans can be found at the ACMA website. 

The closing date for comments on the proposals is 5pm, Friday 26 April 2013

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Blake Murdoch on (02) 9334 7817, 0434 567 391 or

Last updated: 03 March 2017