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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2825

Senator BESSELL (TASMANIA) - My question to the Minister for the Media relates to the improvement of television reception in the far north-west of Tasmania with the installation of a grid of repeater stations at Tier Hill, Lileah and Christmas Hills. As it is quite some time since a request was first made on this matter, has the Minister any information that would indicate when the people in this area can expect better television reception as a result of the completion of these relay stations?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -My colleague the honourable member for Braddon, Mr Davies, has constantly been making representations to me about the installation date of these stations and also stations in other places along the north-west of the Tasmanian coast. The 4 translators to which the honourable senator refers were approved for installation by the previous Government in September 1972 at an estimated cost- I am speaking from recollectionof about $470,000 and contracts for the work have been let. I am given to understand that the 4 translators are to be installed next year between July and October but as to which one will be installed in July and which one will be installed in October I am not in a position to say at this stage. I undertook only last week to obtain information for my colleague, Mr Davies, and when it comes to hand I will make it available to him and to the honourable senator as well as other senators who have been making representations on the matter.

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