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20    Communications—Community Broadcasting—4ZZZ-FM

Senator Moore, also on behalf of Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 953—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes:

                  (i)   that 8 December 2015 is the 40th anniversary of the first official broadcast of community radio station 4ZZZ-FM from studios at the University of Queensland,

                 (ii)   that 4ZZZ was the first FM stereo radio station in Queensland, the first community broadcaster in Australia with journalists accredited by the then Australian Journalists Association, and the first mass-audience format community broadcaster in Australia,

                (iii)   that 4ZZZ has provided, and continues to provide, an important means of exposure for many Brisbane musicians and artists and an important independent local outlet for information and news, and

                (iv)   the opinion of the hugely influential and prolific Brisbane musician, Mr Ed Kuepper, that ‘the importance of 4ZZZ in the development of an independent music and arts scene in Brisbane cannot be overstated’;

    (b)   congratulates all those involved in establishing and maintaining this pioneering community-based radio station now broadcasting from studios in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane; and

     (c)   expresses support for the ongoing development of community broadcasting in Australia as an important component in ensuring the community has access to a diverse and adequate range of information and entertainment.

Question put and passed.