The State Government has supported moves by the Shire of Broome to have the first SBS radio transmitter in regional Western Australia.
SBS Radio is the multilingual voice of Australia, providing information and entertainment to Australians of non-English speaking backgrounds and is a powerful tool to facilitate their participation in Australian life, while maintaining cultural identity.
Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae said that as Broome was one of WA’s most culturally diverse hotspots, it was appropriate the town looked to have access to the multicultural service provided by SBS Radio.
“The Carpenter Government will back this current application as we look to adopt a co-ordinated State-wide approach to SBS radio coverage.”
Currently SBS Radio is available only in metropolitan cities, including Perth, and a few larger regional centres on the East Coast (Geelong, Newcastle, Wollongong).
It is not available to residents in WA’s regional areas at present, due to the cost of applying for a licence and obtaining the radio transmission equipment.
The Western Australian Local Government Association is leading a consortium comprising the Office of Multicultural Interests, Department of Local Government and Regional Development, Department of Industry and Resources, and SBS.
“We encourage local Governments to take up the challenge of the application process and the expertise of the consortium will be behind them all the way,’ Mr McRae said.
“With SBS helping out with grants of $25,000 to help cover installation costs, the infrastructure costs should be within the reach of all local government areas.”
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