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Thursday, 23 August 1984
Page: 221

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned electors of Australia respectfully showeth:

that ABC radio transmission from 4QA Mackay is antiquated and operates on transmitters installed in 1947-48 to service a region in which the area and population has doubled in the intervening 36 years,

the signal from 4QA is below strength so that station 4QN at Townsville has a far better signal strength into the Mackay hinterland than 4QA, a distance of only 70km from Mackay and over 300km from Townsville,

the 4QN news programmes are of no interest in the Mackay region and in emergency situations such as cyclones, the 4QA frequency has limited penetration within the region,

that while FM programmes are available in Rockhampton and Townsville, Mackay, with a regional population of 100,000 people, has been by-passed when towns of smaller size have the advantages of FM radio.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Government and the Department of Communications will move urgently to rectify both these anomolies.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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