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Proposal to vary the Murray Bridge and Riverland licence area plans

Consultation closes: 14 June 2019

IFC: 15/2019

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Consultation paper:
Proposal to vary the Murray Bridge and Riverland licence area plans

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Summary

The ACMA is currently consulting on proposals to: 

  • convert commercial radio station 5MU in Murray Bridge from AM to FM
  • plan for a new community radio broadcasting service at Mount Barker
  • determine a licence area for the proposed new Mount Barker community radio broadcasting service
  • make other minor and consequential changes to the technical specifications of radio services in the above-mentioned areas.

What do the key proposed changes mean for me?

Murray Bridge, Victor Harbor, Mount Barker areas

Proposal If the proposals are implemented, what does it mean? 
To allow the AM commercial radio service 5MU in Murray Bridge to convert from AM to FM If you listen to 5MU in Murray Bridge, you will no longer be able to access it on 1125 kHz AM. Instead, you will need to tune your radio to 96.3 FM. An FM signal will improve audio quality for 5MU listeners in Murray Bridge.
To provide an infill transmitter for 5MU in Mount Barker If you listen to 5MU in the Mount Barker area, you will receive similar coverage to listeners in Murray Bridge and improved audio quality by tuning to 94.3 FM.
To provide an infill transmitter for 5MU in Victor Harbor If you listen to 5MU in the Victor Harbor area, you will receive similar coverage to listeners in Murray Bridge and improved audio quality by tuning to 97.1 FM.
To make spectrum available for a long-term community broadcasting service in Mount Barker Provide for a long-term community broadcasting service for the Mount Barker area on 88.9 MHz. Mount Barker is currently served by temporary community broadcasting services. This proposal would allow the ACMA to allocate a long-term licence through a merit-based process.

Riverland area

Proposal If the proposals are implemented, what does it mean?
To provide an infill transmitter for the 5RIV commercial radio service for the Waikerie area. The transmitter is currently planned for Morgan and has never been implemented. If you live in the Waikerie area you will receive the 5RIV service on 97.1 MHz if the licensee begins operating the new transmitter.
To allow a planned community radio service 5LFM in Riverland to operate on in the Waikerie area. The transmitter is currently planned for Morgan and has never been implemented. If you live in the Waikerie area you will receive the 5LFM service on 88.5 MHz if the licensee begins operating the new transmitter.

Issue for comment

The ACMA welcomes comments from stakeholders on the issues raised in the consultation paper or any other issues relevant to the proposals.