Tom Stephens

Tom Stephens

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    Tourist Information Radio to be available in Carnarvon

    3/02/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Tourist Information Radio will soon be available in Carnarvon, Gascoyne Minister Tom Stephens said today.
     
    Mr Stephens said he had spoken with Federal Communication Minister Bob Collins, who expected a licence to be granted for the service within the next few weeks.
     
    Tourist Information Radio broadcasts in a 20km radius of a town, with the radio frequency marked on road signs so tourists can tune in.
     
    As well as information about local attractions, the service broadcasts conservation messages and weather warnings.
     
    "Tourist Information Radio will be of great benefit to the region," Mr Stephens said.
     
    "It has the ability to slow tourists down and encourage them to spend more time in the area.
     
    "Tourism is a rapidly growing industry in the Gascoyne, and this service will help increase it."
     
    Mr Stephens said tourists now spent $57 million in the region each year - twice as much as five years ago - and the outlook was for further growth.
     
    "Tourist Information Radio means more dollars and more jobs for Carnarvon," he said.
     
    "The granting of the licence will also benefit local road users, because the service can be used to warn motorists of inclement weather or damaged roads.
     
    "This will improve safety for both local residents and tourists."