Broad­cast­ers in limbo

Pro­posed ra­dio sta­tion needs home as arts groups move in to old li­brary

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - SHIRLEY WAY

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.

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