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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2303

(Question No. 469)


Senator Colston asked the Minister representing the Minister for Communications, upon notice, on 20 August 1985:

(1) Which Queensland locations have locally transmitted ABC TV, but no locally transmitted ABC radio.

(2) Which Queensland locations have locally transmitted ABC radio, but no locally transmitted ABC TV.

(3) Which Queensland locations have New South Wales TV programs transmitted and why do these places not receive Queensland programs.

(4) Which Queensland centres with populations of 400 or more do not have: (a) first class ABC radio reception; and (b) first class TV reception.


Senator Walsh —The Minister for Communications has provided the following answer in response to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The following Queensland locations have locally transmitted ABC TV but no locally transmitted radio.

Normanton, Karumba, Doomadgee, Arukun, Kowanyama*, Georgetown, Pentland, Charleville, Morven, Tieri, Camooweal, Boulia, Quilpie, Tambo, Injune, Taroom, Miriam Vale, Mitchell, Stanthorpe, Texas, Birdsville, Bedourie, Croydon, Edward River*, Gununa*, Lockhart River*, Middlemount, Windorah*.

(2) Charters Towers is the only Queensland location which has locally transmitted ABC radio but no locally transmitted ABC television.

(3) The following ABC television translators provide a mixture of Queensland and New South Wales programming via the INTELSAT IVA satellite.

Aramac, Arukun, Ballon*, Bamaga*, Bedourie, Birdsville, Boulia, Burdekin Falls*, Cooktown, Croydon, Edward River*, Eulo*, Georgetown, Greenvale, Gununa*, Hopevale, Injune, Isisford, Jundah*, Karumba, Kowanyama*, Lockhart River*, Mt Molloy, Muttaburra, Normanton, Quilpie, Stonehenge*, Tambo, Taroon, Thargomindah*, Thursday Island, Wandoan, Weipa, Wujal Wujal*, Windorah*.

* Self-help Television Reception Scheme (STRS) translators.

I am advised by the ABC that the reason for this mix of NSW and Queensland programming is due to a decision made by the ABC to provide Darwin and associated centres in the Northern Territory with the Sydney version of The National rather than the Brisbane version. Because of difficulties with switching arrangements the change from Queensland to NSW programming takes place at 2.30 p.m.

As the Queensland satellite-fed stations receive the same service via INTELSAT IVA as the Northern Territory stations they also receive the same mix of programming.

It should be noted that with the implementation of the Australian Communications Satellite System early next year, satellite fed stations in Queensland will receive a Queensland originated service.

(4) (a) The following Queensland centres with populations of 400 or more receive less than adequate ABC AM or FM service.

Normanton, Karumba, Doomadgee, Arukun, Kowanyama, Georgetown, Pentland, Camooweal, Boulia, Tieri, Quilpie, Tambo, Injune, Taroom, Miriam Vale, Charleville, Mitchell, Texas, Birdsville, Bedourie, Croydon, Edward River, Gununa, Lockhart River, Middlemount, Morven, Stanthorpe, Windorah.

(4) (b) The following Queensland centres with populations of 400 or more receive a less than adequate ABC television service.

Theodore, Eidsvold, Esk, Woorabinda.