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New coastal radio station at Broome, W.A.

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Statement "by the Postmaster-General, The Hon. Alan S. Hulme

A new coastal, radio station at Broome in Western Australia,

costing $238,000, has "been brought into service "by the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (Australia).

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

said the new station was situated five miles from Broome and took over operations from an old coastal radio station in Broome township which had "been in operation for more than half a century and was one of the earliest radio stations in Australia.

The district in which the new station was "built was

relatively free from electrical interference and the size of the site provided ample space for transmission and reception requirements and for future expansion. .

Mr. Hulme said that similar stations had already been opened by O.T.C. in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Townsville.

O.T.C. now operated 19 coastal radio stations in Australia and

the territories which last year handled more than eight million words in radio telegrams and 51,000 paid minutes in

radio telephone calls.

The stations also handled lU? maritime mobile and other emergencies of which 15 were distress calls mostly from small

ships. '

The Minister added that the coastal radio stations provided a medical a free raclio/tele communications service to ships and gave assistance during a number of aircraft alert phases.

CANBERRA December 6. 1967 ~ A.M