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Tuesday, 30 November 1971
Page: 3874

Mr Collard (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the PostmasterGeneral upon notice:

(1)   What stage has been reached in establishing atelevision station to serve the SouthernCrossBullfinch area in Western Australia.

(2)   Will the station also serve Koolyanobbing.

(3)   Can he give approximate dates as to when the station will be (a) commenced, (b) completed and (c) operative.

Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The technical operating conditions for the Southern Cross-Bullfinch stationwere recently determined by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board. Detailed planning for the provision of (he station is currently receiving the attention of my Department.

(2)   While it is not expected, because of the distance involved, that Koolyanobbing will be served by the Southern Cross-Bullfinch station, the operating conditions determined by the Board will permit the establishment of a translator station at Koolyanobbing at a later dale if such a station can he justified. At this stage it would appear that the costs of a translator station would be prohibitive having regard to the fact that the population which would be served is of the order of 300 only.

(3)   As the honourable member inaware, the Southern Cross-Bullfinch station is one of 38 stations tobe established in relatively remote and widelyseparated areas throughout the Commonwealth as the current or seventh stage of television development. The whole task is one of con siderable magnitude and it would notseem practicable on present indications,for the Southern Cross-Bullfinch station to be completed before mid 1973. However, every endeavour is being made to achieve an earlier commencement date.

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