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$6.5 million for regional SBS TV.

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The Coalition’s Broadcasting Policy 2001 will extend SBS television to population areas between 5,000 and 10,000 people, where the necessary spectrum is available, at a cost of $6.5 million over three years (with ongoing transmission funding).

The new SBS rollout will extend or enhance the reach of SBS television services to over 129 000 people across QLD, NSW, NT and WA. In those eligible areas where SBS is already provided on a self-help basis the SBS will take over or upgrade the existing transmission facilities. The roll out will include the communities of Carnarvon, Kununurra, Mandurah, Cobar, Tumut, Young, Charters Towers, Roma and Katherine.

For the first time since the establishment of SBS television in 1980, Australia’s internationally renowned multicultural broadcaster will have a reach over 85% of the Australian population - over 16 million people.

The Coalition’s just-completed rollout of SBS television to 1.2 million Australians has been warmly welcomed by regional communities.

SBS provides a unique multilingual and multicultural broadcasting service that reflects the diverse nature of our society. With programs that inform, educate and entertain, it has become a very valuable resource for many Australians.

The Coalition first addressed this community need with the creation of SBS in the early 1980s and has remained steadfastly committed to ensuring that SBS television reaches as many Australians as possible.

As part of the 1998 election Policy, the Coalition allocated $73.7 million to extend SBS television to transmission areas of more than 10,000 people.

This program has been very successful in regional Australia and has provided SBS Television to over 78 sites, boosting the potential SBS audience by some 1.2 million people.

Impact on the Forward Estimates 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 Total


SBS Extension 2.0 2.5 2.3 1.8 8.3


Total 2.0 2.5 2.3 1.8 8.3

Media Contact: Annabelle Herd, 03 9650 0233 or 0408 293 458

E43/01 23 October 2001