Broadcasters in limbo
Proposed radio station needs home as arts groups move in to old library
MT PERRY Broadcasters were yet to find a home after the North Burnett Regional Council decided the former library, behind the Mt Perry Art Gallery, would be occupied by two arts groups.
After submissions from the three groups at its June meeting, the council obtained quotes for isolating and soundproofing a section of the space for the proposed community radio station.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Cr John Bowen voted against the arts groups sharing the space with the broadcasters, who do not yet have a community radio licence or funding.
“I really don’t see enough room for three different groups,” Cr Bowen said.
“I’m doubtful about this broadcasting idea, because what if they don’t get the funding and the licence?”
However, all councillors were in favour of finding the Mt Perry Broadcasters a home, with ideas including the Mt Perry Community Complex or a temporary shed.
After the meeting, Mt Perry Broadcasters president Terry Rundell confirmed the group was waiting on a community radio licence application from Community Broadcasters Association of Australia, with the results of a funding application to be advised at the end of July.
As the group was yet to receive formal notification, Mr Rundell declined to comment on the council’s decision.
Councillors voted in favour of granting the Mt Perry Quilters and Mt Perry Fine Arts Group a guaranteed lease, with insurance, on the space.
Arts group president Shelley Kelly said her group was “extremely happy with council’s decision”.
“The use of the library will be of great benefit to the Fine Arts Group and Quilters; exciting times are ahead,” she said.
Ms Kelly anticipated use of the space for a November workshop by artist Gary Woodfield, whose works were on display in the art gallery.
Quilters group spokesperson Kerry Bettiens said the group was looking forward to working with the council and the fine arts group.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome,” she said.