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Changes to radio services in Bega, Cooma and Goulburn areas

Consultation closes: 26 April 2019

IFC: 7/2019

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Consultation paper:
Proposals to vary the Bega, Cooma and Goulburn licence area plans: Consultation paper

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Summary

The ACMA is currently consulting on proposals to:

  • convert commercial radio stations 2EC in Bega, 2XL in Cooma and 2GN in Goulburn from AM to FM
  • make spectrum available for a new community radio broadcasting service at Merimbula
  • make other minor and consequential changes to the technical specifications of radio services in the above areas.

These changes will be implemented by a variation to the licence area plans (LAPs) for Bega, Cooma and Goulburn. The changes are described in detail in the consultation paper, which is available for download in the table above. The table below provides a summary of the impact of the specific proposed changes.

What do the key proposed changes mean for me?

Bega area

Proposal  If the proposals are implemented, what does it mean? 
To allow the AM commercial radio service 2EC in Bega to convert from 765 kHz AM to 94.5 MHz FM.   Listeners would no longer be able to access 2EC on 765 AM. Listeners would need to access 2EC by tuning their radios to 94.5 FM.
2EC will turn off the Narooma infill transmitter currently broadcasting on 1584 kHz AM. Listeners in Narooma are expected to be able to listen to 2EC by tuning to either 94.5 FM (Bega) or 105.9 FM (Batemans Bay/Moruya).
There will be no change to the 2EC infill transmitter at Batemans Bay/Moruya broadcasting on 105.9 MHz or the infill transmitter at Eden broadcasting on 105.5 MHz FM.

There is no change for listeners in Eden, Batemans Bay or Moruya.

A small number of listeners on the fringe of the current AM coverage may no longer be able to receive 2EC.

To provide an infill transmitter for 2EEE in Eden on 103.9 MHz FM. This will provide 2EEE listeners with similar coverage to 2EC and improve audio quality for 2EEE listeners in the Eden area if they tune to 103.9 FM.
To make spectrum available for a long-term community broadcasting service in Merimbula on 97.5 MHz FM. The ongoing operation of the temporary community broadcast service operating on 97.5 FM indicates the viability of a long-term community licence in Merimbula.

Cooma area

Proposal   If the proposals are implemented, what does it mean? 
To allow the AM commercial radio service 2XL to convert from 918 kHz AM to 96.1 MHz FM. Listeners would no longer be able to access 2XL on 918 AM. Listeners would need to access 2XL by tuning their radios to 96.1 FM.
To change the frequency of the 2XL infill transmitter at Jindabyne from 96.3 MHz FM to 107.3 MHz FM to prevent interference from the above conversion.

Listeners in Jindabyne may continue to access 2XL by tuning their radios to 107.3 FM.

There is no change for listeners in Bombala, Charlotte Pass, Perisher and Thredbo.

There will be no change to the 2XL infill transmitters at Bombala, Charlotte Pass, Perisher and Thredbo. A small number of listeners on the fringe of the current AM coverage may no longer be able to receive 2XL.
To increase the permitted power of Monaro Community Radio Broadcasting (3MNO) on 90.5 MHz FM. This should improve coverage of 3MNO within the Cooma area.

Goulburn area

Proposal    If the proposals are implemented, what does it mean?  
To allow the AM commercial radio station 2GN in Goulburn and surrounding areas to convert from 1368 kHz AM to 107.7 MHz FM. Listeners would no longer be able to access 2GN on 1368 AM. Listeners would need to access 2GN by tuning their radios to 107.7 FM.
To change the frequency of ABC RN in Crookwell from 107.7 MHz FM to 104.5 MHz FM to prevent interference from the new 2GN service. Listeners would no longer be able to access ABC Radio National on 107.7 FM and would need to retune to 104.5 FM.
To Change the frequency of Braidwood community radio (2BRW) from 94.5 MHz FM to 88.9 MHz FM to prevent interference from the 2EC conversion. Listeners would no longer be able to access 2BRW on 94.5 FM. Listeners would need to access 2BRW by tuning their radios to 88.9 FM.
To allow 2BRW to increase its broadcast strength to increase broadcast coverage area. People living in Majors Creek, Manar, Mongarlowe and Reidsdale should now be able to receive 2BRW. More residents of the Braidwood area should be able to receive 2BRW.

Issue for comment

The ACMA welcomes comments from interested stakeholders on the issues raised in the consultation paper or any other issues relevant to the LAP variations as proposed.