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Thursday, 13 October 2005
Page: 152

Mr Rudd asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, in writing, on 9 August 2005:

What is the Government’s response to the rapid increase of higher density redevelopment in Brisbane’s CBD and the increasing problems it is having on interference with television reception due to shadowing.

Mr McGauran (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) —The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

Planning and interference issues relating to television services are the responsibility of an independent statutory body, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The regulation of urban planning and development is primarily a matter for State Government and municipal authorities.  ACMA is aware of the potential impact of urban and high rise development on the reception of television and radio services and has urged local councils to take these issues into account when considering development proposals submitted for council approval.  However, ACMA cannot compel councils to do so.