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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3218

Mr Wallis asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice, on 3 1 March 1980:

In view of the relocation of the coal mining township of Leigh Creek, SA, has he made any decision to take the opportunity of the relocation of the township to upgrade the existing delayed video television transmitter to the remote areas program utilising the Intelsat satellite along the lines of my submission to him 1 4 months ago.

Mr Staley -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

My Department recently submitted to me the following recommendations for the provision of service to Leigh Creek:-

1.   The old township (as distinct from the new township of Leigh Creek South) will continue to receive the existing repeater-type television service for at least twelve months, that is, the time required to complete the relocation.

2.   The new township of Leigh Creek South will be provided with an interim television translator service relayed from the existing repeater station. This will be replaced with a permanent service upon completion of the relocation.

The recent decision relating to the relocation of the airport has compounded the difficulty of finding a permanent site for the new translator. When a suitable site is found, the Postal and Telecommunications Department will submit a detailed recommendation on the television service to be provided for the new township.

The Department will be liaising with the Electricity Trust of South Australia on the question of funding the final installation. It is intended that the programme for the service will be obtained via Intelsat IV.

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