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Tuesday, 14 September 1971
Page: 1305

Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Postmaster-General, upon notice:

When is it anticipated that the low powered television stations programmed to be erected at Woomera and Ceduna in South Australia will come into operation.

Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The proposed national television stations at Ceduna and Woomera are among 38 stations to be established in the seventh stage of television development. The whole task is one of some magnitude involving in many cases the provision of special relay links to the stations concerned. A great deal of work has been done in regard to technical surveys of the areas concerned, selection of sites and determination of operating conditions, but the completion of the remaining phases, including the ordering and installation of. equipment, will of necessity take further time. It appears that it would not be possible to complete the Ceduna and Woomera stations before mid- 1 973. However, the whole project is being advanced as quickly as possible, and I hope to be in a position to release, at an early date, a full timetable of possible completion dates for all stations, based on present expectations.

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