TV on the blink in Eidsvold

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­

FOR FOUR years the Eidsvold peo­ple have bat­tled with the free to air tele­vi­sion ser­vice pro­vided by the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil. TV ser­vice is a given in most cen­tres and is mostly taken for granted but in Eidsvold it is hit and miss.

When the an­nounce­ment came that Eidsvold was to re­ceive dig­i­tal free to air ser­vices many res­i­dents turned off their pay TV so they could save a bit of money and en­joy ex­tra com­mer­cial chan­nels for free (like ev­ery other civilised com­mu­nity).

Well prom­ises, prom­ises from the start the ser­vice has not de­liv­ered any­thing like what it was de­signed to do.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment an­nounced at the end of 2009, all free-to-air dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion ser­vices would be avail­able to all Aus­tralians, no mat­ter where they live.

Well, the Eidsvold peo­ple are still wait­ing and no mat­ter how much com­plain­ing comes from Eidsvold and no mat­ter how much money is be­ing spent on the sys­tem it still doesn’t work.

The coun­cil will have to make a claim on the guar­an­tee that they would have been given on the sys­tem and trade it in on some­thing that is sub­stan­tial and re­li­able.

On top of that many res­i­dents were told that it wasn’t the fault of the trans­mit­ter it was the fault of the aeri­als on their houses and they paid out good money to have new ones fit­ted and boost­ers put on and boost­ers taken off. Some­thing re­ally needs to be done.

The most re­li­able TV is the ABC in Eidsvold and it works most of the time but I be­lieve that the ABC is not a part of the Coun­cil’s setup. I don’t know why the coun­cil would get in­volved in this ser­vice in the first place. TV is re­ally not coun­cil business. But again the rate pay­ers are pay­ing for some­thing that doesn’t con­cern them.

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