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M inister for Transport and Communications Senator Gareth Evans CLC.

18 March 1988 27/88

COMMERCIAL FM RADIO COMING TO LISMORE

Lismore can look forward to receiving a new independent

commercial FM radio service by early 1990, following the release

today of draft service area and technical specifications for the

service.

I will formally invite applications for the licence in May.

Groups interested in applying for the new licence have until mid

April to comment on the planning information (attached).

I have reached the prima facie view that Lismore - a significant

market of some 104 000 people - is capable of supporting an

independent FM licence. ·

The introduction of a new market player is in line with the

Government's commitment to supporting competition in the

broadcasting industry wherever possible, and should create a

dynamic radio environment which can only be to the benefit of

Lismore listeners.

Lismore has therefore been classified, in terms of the categories

identified by my predecessor, Mr Duffy, in his statement of 24

February 1987, as a Group A market: this means that the Minister

dismisses any supplementary licence applications and invites new

licence applications, following which the Australian Broadcasting

Tribunal holds a new licence inquiry. In a Group B market, by

contrast, the ABT would conduct a simultaneous inquiry into

whether an independent or a supplementary licence should be

granted.

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However, I should make it absolutely clear that the ABT will

still make the final decision on the nature of the licence. It

is quite open to the Tribunal, as an independent body, to make a

decision about the market which does not accord with my prima

facie judgement. This would mean, in the case of Lismore, that

in the event that the ABT decided that a new, independent service

would not prove commercially viable, the question of

supplementary licences for the existing operators would then be

reopened.

The Lismore licence is part of the Government's overall plan to

extend commercial FM radio services to more than 4.2 million

Australians outside mainland State capitals by 1992.

Comments on the draft service area and technical specifications

for a new licence in Lismore should be provided to Mr D McLennan,

Assistant Secretary, Station Planning Branch, Department of

Transport and Communications, GPO Box 594, Canberra, ACT 2601 by

15 April.

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ATTACHMENT

PROPOSED COMMERCIAL VHF-FM SERVICE: LISMORE, NSW

DRAFT STATEMENT OF TECHNICAL CONDITIONS

Transmitter Site:-Location :

Map Publisher : Series/Scale : Sheet Number :

Title :

Australian Map Grid Reference :

Geographic Co-ordinates :

Mt Nardi Division of National Mapping Topographic/1:100,000 -9540 (Edition 1) Lismore

Zone Easting Northing

56 5283XX 68425XX

28* 3 2 V S 153* 1 7 V E

(accurate to nearest half minute)

Site height : 780m AHD

. Technical Characteristics:-Band : VHF

Mode : FM

Carrier Frequency : 93.5 MHz

Polarisation : Mixed

Height of antenna (1) : 70m

Radiation Pattern (2)

Bearing or Sector (Clockwise direction) ERP Limits Beam Tilt Null Fill

(3)

40*T 500W Maximum 0.6* Not required

80*T-110*T lOkW +3dB, -3dB 0.6* Not required

110*T-220*T 20kW +2dB, -2dB 0.6* Not required

220*T-255*T lOkW +3dB, -3dB 0.6* Not required

Elsewhere Minimum practicable

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NOTES:

1. Minimum height above ground to electrical centre of antenna.

2. The pattern shall substantially comply with these limits. However, the detailed pattern of the antenna and transmitter power shall be subject to the approval of the Minister.

The specified limits apply to both the vertical and the horizontal planes of polarisation separately.

3. Not less than the indicated percentage of the maximum relative field in the relevant bearing or sector shall be provided within the specified angle of depression from the horizontal.

Special Conditions or Notes:

-The licensee has the responsibility of co-ordinating (prior to installation) with other radiocommunications users established at or adjacent to the site to ensure that operation of the transmitter is compatible with existing services. A list of users operating at particular sites can be obtained from the State Manager, Radio Frequency Management, in your State.

-Should Mt Nardi not be available as a site until a future date, an interim site with reduced coverage will be acceptable.

1988.

GARETH EVANS Minister of State for Transport and Communications

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SERVICE AREA FOR NEW COMMERCIAL RADIO SERVICE AT

LISMORE, NEW SOUTH WALES

"The area served in pursuance of the licence, in terms of areas defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics at the Census of 30 June 1981, shall be :

the Local Government Areas of Ballina (S); Byron (S); Casino (M) and Lismore (C); Collection District numbers 060107, 060108, 060201 , 060202, 060205, 060206, 060207, 060208, 060209, 060302, 060303, 060304, 060305, 060306, 060307, 060308 and 060309 within the Local Government Area of Kyogle (Si; Collection District numbers 062101,

062102, 062103, 062104, 062105, 062106, 062107, 062108, 062401, 062402, 062403, 062404, 062405, 062406, 062407, 062408, 062409 and 062412 within the Local Government Area of Richmond River (S) in the state of New South Wales." .

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