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TV Black Spots Program: Ocean Shores switching on.

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The Hon Larry Anthony MP Minister for Community Services Member for Richmond

Senator the Hon Ian Campbell Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

TV Black Spots Program-Ocean Shores switching on Mr Larry Anthony, Member for Richmond, and Senator Ian Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, today announced an offer of funding for Byron Shire Council to establish five new television services at Ocean Shores under Round 1 of the Commonwealth Government's $35 million Television Black Spots Program - funded by the partial sale of Telstra.

'I am delighted to announce that frequencies have been found to fix the television "black spot" in Ocean Shores. This will give 1688 households access to new television services-for the first time in this area,' Mr Anthony said.

'The community of Ocean Shores has campaigned consistently - including steady representations to my Office - to attain this successful outcome. I commend the community for the spirit, approach, and outcome, which will deliver television services to Ocean Shores for the first time.'

The Federal Government will provide Byron Shire Council with up to $150,000 - including $25,000 for equipment for each new television service, and up to $25,000 per 'black spot' towards site establishment costs - for new retransmission facilities.

'Byron Shire Council will now have to prepare a detailed costed proposal for the establishment of the new retransmission facility,' said Senator Campbell.

To date the Television Black Spots Program has provided over $952,460 for 40 services in 17 black spot areas across Australia. A further 43 communities have been offered funding and are submitting fully costed proposals to establish television services at new

retransmission sites.

In addition, under the Replacement of Obsolete Equipment component of the Federal Government's TV Black Spots Program, 68 communities have been funded $2.749 million for 96 retransmission sites.

'The TV Black Spots program is delivering tangible benefits from the partial sale of Telstra to the people of Australia - including Ocean Shores,' concluded Senator Campbell.

Media contact: Georgia-Kate Schubert, Senator Campbell's Office, 0419 265234 Murray Lees, Mr Anthony's Office, 0417 406338

31 July 2001

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