News of new and upgraded ABC radio services for Geraldton, Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie has been greeted enthusiastically by Services Minister Tom Stephens.
The National Transmission Agency (NTA), established earlier this year to manage ABC and SBS transmission facilities nationwide, has announced that Geraldton and Kalgoorlie will soon receive the ABC Radio National service.
Radio National and Regional ABC services will both be introduced at Southern Cross, and ABC FM transmitters in Geraldton and Kalgoorlie also will be upgraded in the near future.
Mr Stephens said he was delighted with these developments.
"The NTA has been operating for less than six months, and if this is any indication of the agency's performance and its sensitivity to Western Australian needs I am impressed," he said.
In response to State Government requests, Federal Communications Minister Senator Bob Collins recently announced new Radio National services would begin operating in Moora and Wagin during 1993.
Mr Stephens said it was not easy to make WA's views felt on broadcasting issues when most decisions were made in Sydney and Canberra. However, the recent improvements to rural ABC services illustrated that persistence paid off.
"The State Government will continue to push for better Commonwealth Government-funded radio and television services for all Western Australians, no matter where they live," he said.
"This is one of the key principles of The Regional Advantage policy released by the Premier last week.
"One of our main objectives now is to get SBS TV extended to cover the whole State. Everyone in WA should be able to watch a service they have already paid for as taxpayers."