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Notice given 6 September 2001

3873  Senator Bourne: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—With reference to the rollout of radio services to regional and remote areas by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC):

(1) What plans does the ABC have, if any, for providing the remote community of Carnarvon, Western Australia, with the Triple J radio service.

(2) Is the Minister aware that the local community has raised up to $5 000 to meet the costs associated with the installation of a transmission facility.

(3) Can the Minister provide additional details of any government funding programs which the Carnarvon community might apply to obtain the remainder of the funds required to install a transmission facility (the total estimated at $10 000).

(4) Can the Minister advise whether the collection of any or all of the costs associated with the installation of the transmitter will guarantee that Carnarvon will be provided with the ABC’s Triple J radio service.