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SENATOR THE HON IAN CAMPBELL Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Manager of Government Business in the Senate

Media Release

More $ for TV Black Spots New Services Senator Ian Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, today announced funding approval to establish nine services, and to replace the obsolete equipment for a further eight services under Round 1 of the Commonwealth Government's $35 million Television Black Spots Program - funded by the partial sale of Telstra.

'Six communities will now enjoy new and improved television services thanks to Black Spots funding of $510,189,' said Senator Campbell.

The communities are:

Queensland-Warroo $28,717 to establish SBS; ● Victoria-Mt Beauty $33,346 to establish SBS; ● Western Australia-Dongara $116,273 to establish SBS, ABC, GWN and WIN; and ● Northern Territory

-Gapuwiyak $109,266 to establish SBS and replace obsolete equipment for QQQ, Imparja and ABC; -Wadeye $122,586 to establish SBS and replace obsolete equipment for QQQ, Imparja and ABC; and -Galiwinku $100,000 to establish SBS and replace obsolete equipment for QQQ and Imparja.

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The funding will go towards equipment, installation and site establishment costs, licence fees and technical survey costs.

'These new services and the replacement of obsolete equipment will provide access to television services for 2,185 households in the affected "black spot" areas,' Senator Campbell said.

To date the Television Black Spots Program has provided $2.75 million to replace obsolete equipment at 96 retransmission sites, and over $650,000 for 25 new services in 13 black spot areas across Australia.

Also under the New Services component of the Program, a further 33 communities have been offered funding and are submitting fully costed proposals to establish television services at new retransmission sites.

Media Contact: Georgia-Kate Schubert, 02 6277 3955 or 0419 265234 Website: www.dcita.gov.au/campbell

9 July 2001

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