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$850,000 allocated to rub out regional radio black spots.



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MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS THE HON DARYL WILLIAMS AM QC MP

NEWS RELEASE

15 March 2004

25/04

$850,000 ALLOCATED TO RUB OUT REGIONAL RADIO BLACK SPOTS

Radio black spots will be a thing of the past for 31 regional and remote communities in Australia, with the allocation of more than $850,000 to provide new and improved services under the Federal Government’s Commercial Radio Blackspots Program.

Regional communities in Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia have been granted funding to assist commercial radio broadcasters with costs related to equipment, installation, site establishment and licence fees.

This latest announcement brings the number of communities that will enjoy new or improved radio services through the Commercial Radio Blackspots Program to 66.

And it demonstrates the Howard Government’s strong commitment to maintaining and improving services to remote and regional Australia.

Projects to provide services to additional communities are under consideration for funding over the remaining life of the program, which runs until the end of 2004-05.

This program complements other Australian Government initiatives for improved services to communities in regional Australia including the $35 million Television Black Spots Program and the $50 million National Communications Fund.

A list of the communities funded under today’s announcement is attached.

Media Contact: Carina Tan-Van Baren (02) 6277 7480/ 0439 425 373

COMMERCIAL RADIO BLACKSPOTS PROGRAM

ROUND TWO FUNDING APPROVALS

Blackspot Broadcaster Project Objective Funding

(capped limit plus licence fee)

NSW

Bombala Capital Radio

Network

Improved Service - 2SKI $27,790

Bourke & Brewarrina

Rebel Radio Network Pty Ltd New Service - Rebel FM - 4RBL

$30,290

Coonamble Rebel Radio

Network Pty Ltd New Service - Rebel FM - 4RBL

$27,090

Cootamundra DMG Regional Radio Pty Ltd Improved Service - Star FM $24,590

Cowra DMG Regional

Radio Pty Ltd

Improved Service - Star FM $24,090

Kyogle Richmond River

Broadcasters Pty Ltd

Improved Service - 2LM $24,590

Nyngan Rebel Radio

Network Pty Ltd New Service - Rebel FM - 4RBL

$26,590

Wilcannia Rebel Radio

Network Pty Ltd New Service - Rebel FM - 4RBL

$26,590

WA

Leonora North West Radio

Pty Ltd

New 2nd Service - 6SAT $17,090

Mount Magnet North West Radio Pty Ltd New 2nd Service - 6SAT $16,590

Pannawonica North West Radio Pty Ltd New 2nd Service - 6SAT $16,590

Warburton North West Radio

Pty Ltd

New 2nd Service - 6SAT $16,590

Tasmania

Smithton/ Stanley RG Capital Radio Ltd Improved Service - 7BU $22,540

St Helens RG Capital Radio

Ltd

Improved Service - 7SD $24,590

Blackspot Broadcaster Status Funding

(capped limit plus licence fee)

Queensland

Augathella

Radio 4VL Improved Service - 4VL $27,190

Childers Rebel Radio

Network Pty Ltd New Service - Rebel FM - 4RBL

$30,290

Clermont DMG Regional

Radio Pty Ltd

Improved Service - Hot FM $27,790

Cunnamulla

Radio 4VL Improved Service - 4VL $27,190

Mitchell DMG Regional

Radio Pty Ltd

Improved Service - 4ZR $26,790

Moranbah DMG Regional

Radio Pty Ltd

Improved Service - Hot FM $27,790

Morven

Radio 4VL Improved Service - 4VL $24,140

Mt Tamborine Rebel Radio Network Pty Ltd New Service - Rebel FM - 4RBL

$27,090

Mungallala

Radio 4VL Improved Service - 4VL $24,140

Nebo DMG Regional

Radio Pty Ltd

Improved Service - 4MK FM $27,790

Quilpie

Radio 4VL Improved Service - 4VL $25,690

Satellite Uplink

Radio 4VL $75,000

Stanthorpe RG Capital Radio

Ltd

Improved Service - 4GR $24,690

Tambo

Radio 4VL Improved Service - 4VL $27,190

Tara Rebel Radio

Network Pty Ltd New Service - Rebel FM - 4RBL

$27,090

Taroom Rebel Radio

Network Pty Ltd New Service - Rebel FM - 4RBL

$26,590

Thursday Island Rebel Radio Network Pty Ltd New Service - Rebel FM - 4RBL

$27,090

Wyandra

Radio 4VL Improved Service - 4VL $24,140

Total

$853,290