Dain­tree full of snow for telly view­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

RES­I­DENTS in the Dain­tree have been left with­out ac­cess to ABC sta­tions and soon SBS will no longer be avail­able.

Changes were made to the satel­lite broad­cast sys­tem with­out the coun­cil be­ing no­ti­fied ac­cord­ing to a Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil spokes­woman.

The black spot tow­ers are now in­com­pat­i­ble with the new changes.

The tow­ers pro­vided re­cep­tion in ar­eas nor­mally blocked from re­ceiv­ing a sig­nal from re­cep­tion trans­mit­ters in Port Dou­glas and Newell beach.

“Much like telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing is a com­mer­cial ven­ture and re­al­is­ti­cally Coun­cil has no role in its pro­vi­sion,” the spokes­woman said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, re­cep­tion is not avail­able in some lo­ca­tions in the Shire and while amal­ga­mated, de­ci­sions were made to take on re­spon­si­bil­ity of the run­ning and main­te­nance of th­ese three black spot tow­ers to en­able res­i­dents to ac­cess tele­vi­sion.

“The al­ter­na­tive is for res­i­dents and busi­nesses to pur­chase their in­di­vid­ual satel­lite sys­tems to re­ceive the sig­nal”.

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