Proposed LAP variations: Mandurah and Warrnambool | ACMA

Proposed LAP variations: Mandurah and Warrnambool

Consultation closes: 15 February 2018

IFC: 34/2017

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Outcome
The ACMA has made the variations to the Mandurah, Warrnambool and Victorian Community Radio licence area plan instruments as discussed in the preliminary views set out in the relevant discussion papers.


Submissions
The ACMA received one submission to this consultation. This can be accessed from the right hand side index box under 'Other submissions received'.

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Consultation paper: Proposal for a variation to Licence Area Plan—Mandurah radio

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Consultation paper: Proposals for variations to Licence Area Plan – Warrnambool radio and Licence Area Plan – Victorian Community radio

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Map of Mandurah radio licence area

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Maps of Warrnambool radio licence area and Victorian Community radio licence area 1.1 MB

Summary

Radio stations in the areas of Mandurah, Western Australia and Warrnambool, Victoria could soon undergo a major change with a proposal to allow AM commercial radio broadcasting services to convert to FM in both towns.

The ACMA is seeking public comment on the each of the proposals set out below.

In Mandurah, 6MM would convert to FM

The ACMA is proposing to vary the Mandurah LAP to make spectrum available to allow the AM commercial radio broadcasting service 6MM in Mandurah to convert to FM.

In Warrnambool, 3YB would convert to FM

The ACMA is proposing to vary the Warrnambool LAP to allow the conversion from AM to FM of the commercial radio broadcasting service 3YB at Warrnambool. This conversion will involve a frequency swap with 3RPH, a talk radio service for the print handicapped, operating in the Warrnambool area.

In Warrnambool 3RPH would convert to AM

The ACMA is proposing to vary the Victorian Community LAP to:

  • allow the conversion from FM to AM  of the commercial radio broadcasting service 3RPH in the Warrnambool area
  • expand the Victorian Community RA1 licence area to reflect the coverage of the new AM frequency proposed for 3RPH in the Warrnambool area.

Proposed frequency swap – 3YB (882 kHz) and 3RPH (94.5 MHz)

The ACMA is proposing to facilitate an exchange of frequencies between:

  • the commercial radio broadcasting service 3YB in the Warrnambool LAP (which will change from the AM frequency 882 kHz to the FM frequency 94.5 MHz)
  • the community radio broadcasting service 3RPH in the Victorian Community LAP (which will change from the FM frequency 94.5 MHz to the AM frequency 882 kHz).

The proposals for the Mandurah, Warrnambool and Victoria Community LAPs reflect the ACMA’s approach to AM–FM conversions as set out in its guidance on AM–FM conversions—The ACMA’s approach to AM–FM conversions and infill transmitters for commercial radio broadcasting services.

The ACMA has formed the preliminary view that the proposed variations to the Mandurah, Warrnambool and Victorian Community LAPs will promote the objects of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, including the economic and efficient use of radiofrequency spectrum, by improving the coverage and reception of radio services in the licence areas.

Issue for comment

Opportunity to provide feedback

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