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National television station - Mt Gambier

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Statement by the Postmaster-General (Hon. Alan S. Hulme, M.P.)

South Australia’s third National television station - ABGS Channel 1,

Mt. Gambier - will be brought on the air at 4·45 p.m. on Friday, December 3rd.

Announcing this today, the Postmaster-General, Mr. Alan Hulme, said

that he had invited the Minister for the Army and.Federal Member for Barker,

Dr. Forbes, to officially open the station on his behalf. .

Mr. Hulme said that ABGS1 was the second National station to be provided

in South Australia's country areas. It was also the 24th National station

to be established in provincial areas throughout the Commonwealth and the

60 th TV station to be provided in 'Australia.

The station is established at Mt. Burr, 22 miles north west of Mt.

Gambier, at an elevation of 785 feet.

The Minister said that, eventually, the station would give adequate

coverage not only to Mt. Gambier but also to surrounding districts in the

south east of South Australia and adjoining areas of south west Victoria.

But initially, owing to the recent collapse of the station's mast,

a temporary transmitting aerial would be used which could provide only a

limited service - covering Mt. Gambier and its immediate surroundings. A

permanent mast should be installed within about six months.

Mr. Hulme said that ABGS1 would take its programmes on relay from the

parent National station at Adelaide, ABS Channel 2, over a microwave radio


• The station was provided at a total cost of £658,000. The

transmitter equipment was supplied by an Australian manufacturer, Amalgamated

Wireless (A/sia) Ltd. ,

CANBERRA ; 27.10.65 AM

Issued by J. W. Rawlins on with the compliments of the Postmaster-General t (Hon. Alan S. Hulme, M.P.)