The Australian Communications and Media Authority has decided to make channel capacity available to improve and extend coverage of the community radio service 2AAA Wagga Wagga and to extend the licence area of community radio service 2TVR Tumut.

‘ACMA is satisfied that the changes will allow more people in the Riverina region to enjoy the benefits of community radio,’ said Giles Tanner, General Manager of ACMA’s Inputs to Industry Division.

ACMA’s decision enlarges the 2AAA Wagga Wagga licence area and makes channel capacity available for translators to extend coverage of the service to the townships of Gundagai and Coolamon. New transmitters have also been planned to rectify signal deficiencies within 2AAA’s existing licence area at Wagga Wagga South and Junee.

The decision also increases the licence area of 2TVR Tumut and makes capacity available for translators that will enable 2TVR to extend its coverage to include the townships of Talbingo and Gundagai.

In making its decision, ACMA took into consideration the submissions it received in response to the draft licence area plan variation released in February 2006.