Changes to radio services in north and south Queensland | ACMA

Changes to radio services in north and south Queensland

Consultation closes: 19 July 2019

IFC: 17/2019

Corrections

26 June 2019

The following corrections have been made to the Proposal to vary the Kingaroy, Toowoomba/Warwick, Emerald and Bundaberg licence area plans consultation paper:

Correction one

The ACMA has corrected an error in the original consultation paper, which incorrectly identified the Bundaberg licence area plan (LAP) narrowcasting service as Bundaberg Broadcasters. The correct narrowcasting service is TAB Queensland. This error occurred on pages 1, 9 and 10. Relevant updates have been made to the updated consultation paper, available to download below.

Correction two

The original consultation paper omitted the technical specifications for the Bundaberg LAP. Correct specifications have been included on pages 20–23 in the updated consultation paper, available to download below.

Correction three

The original consultation paper omitted minor amendments to the Bundaberg LAP. These have been included on page 13 of the updated consultation paper, available to download below.


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Closing date extension
The closing date for this consultation has been extended from 5 July 2019 to COB 19 July 2019.

How can I make a submission?
You can make comments online, upload a submission or send via email or post. See ‘How to submit’ in the index box. Submission details are also included in the paper.

When will comments and submissions be published?
For this consultation, comments and submissions will be published at the conclusion of the consultation period, unless the ACMA has accepted a confidentiality claim in relation to the comment or submission or the ACMA deems the comment or submission to be inappropriate for publication.

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Consultation paper—updated 26 June 2019:
Proposal to vary the Kingaroy, Toowoomba/Warwick, Emerald and Bundaberg licence area plans

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Consultation paper:
Proposal to vary the Townsville licence area plan

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Executive summary

The ACMA is currently consulting on proposals to:

  • make spectrum available for infill transmitters to cover Ayr and Home Hill for commercial radio broadcasting services 4TSV, 4TOO, 4RGT and 4RGR in the Townsville RA1 licence area
  • make spectrum available for two infill transmitters to serve the north and south of Great Palm Island for community radio broadcasting service 4PIB in the Palm Island RA1 licence area
  • increase the signal strength of the main transmitter of community radio service 4PIB
  • make spectrum available for an infill transmitter for community radio broadcasting service 4CSB in the Wondai RA1 licence area to improve reception in parts of Kingaroy
  • make spectrum available for the long-term retransmission of 4SB at the Tarong Coal Mine
  • remove three planned open narrowcasting services in the Emerald RA1 licence area that were passed in at auction
  • correct an interpretative error for services in the Bundaberg Licence Area RA1
  • make a number of minor amendments to the licence area plans.

What the proposed changes mean for me

Townsville licence area plan

Proposal to provide an infill transmitter at Ayr and Home Hill for each of the commercial radio services 4TSV, 4TOO 4RGT and 4RGR.
Current reception is patchy and signal quality can be poor for these services in the Ayr and Home Hill areas. The infill transmitters will mean improved reception coverage and audio quality for many listeners in these locations if listeners tune to 93.1 MHz for 4TSV; 92.3 MHz for 4TOO; 91.5 MHz for 4RGT; and 90.7 MHz for 4RGR.

Proposal, for community radio 4PIB, to provide infill transmitters at Great Palm Island north and south, and to increase the signal strength of the main transmitter in the central part of the island. 
Currently, reception is poor for the communities located in the north and south of the island. The infill transmitters will provide reception of the 4PIB service for these residents if they tune to 96.5 MHz. An increase in transmitter power may improve audio quality for residents in the centre of the island. There is no change to the frequency of this central service, which remains at 97.3 MHz.

Kingaroy licence area plan

Proposal to provide an infill transmitter for community radio service 4CSB in the Wondai RA1 licence area to improve reception in parts of Kingaroy.
Listeners in the vicinity of Haly Street, Glendon Street, Alfred Street, Kingaroy Street and a large part of the Hospital Hill residential area are expected to have improved reception and audio quality if they tune to 97.9 MHz.

Proposal to make spectrum available for the long-term retransmission of 4SB at the Tarong Coal Mine. 
There will be no change for listeners. This enables long term planning for a transmission that has been provided on a temporary basis for decades.

Emerald licence area plan

Proposal to remove planning for three HPON services. 
These services are not currently in operation and the spectrum was not purchased when made available at auction. These frequencies would now be available for other purposes.

Bundaberg licence area plan

Proposal to correct an error in the Bundaberg licence RA1 licence area for commercial radio services 4RGB and 4RUM, the community radio service 4BCR, and TAB Queensland open narrowcasting service. 
There will be no change to these services as they currently are operating with the proposed technical specification. The licence area plan does not currently reflect the initial planning proposals. This change will correct that error.

Issues for comment

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