En­gi­neer at in­quiry

CAM­PAIGNER FACES SE­NATE TO SAVE RA­DIO AUS­TRALIA BROAD­CAST­ING FA­CIL­ITY

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Bar­clay White

A ra­dio en­gi­neer from the de­funct Ra­dio Aus­tralia broad­cast­ing fa­cil­ity at Shep­par­ton has been brought to Fed­eral Par­lia­ment to speak to se­na­tors about the im­por­tance of short­wave.

Gary Baker, who once worked at the fa­cil­ity, has been cam­paign­ing for the ser­vice to re­turn to the air­waves since it was shut down by the ABC ear­lier this year.

He is­sued a sub­mis­sion to a se­nate in­quiry, spear­headed by South Aus­tralian sen­a­tor Nick Xenophon and, on Fri­day, spoke to se­na­tors at a pub­lic hear­ing of the in­quiry.

‘‘It seems like the ev­i­dence is there to keep HF (high fre­quency) ra­dio go­ing into the Pa­cific from out of Shep­par­ton,’’ Mr Baker said.

The Shep­par­ton short­wave broad­cast­ing fa­cil­ity on Ver­ney Rd sent out the Ra­dio Aus­tralia broad­cast to the Pa­cific and could be heard by peo­ple with spe­cial ra­dios across the globe.

Although it could be months be­fore par­lia­ment votes on bring­ing back short­wave, it could be too late, as BAI Com­mu­ni­ca­tions has put the broad­cast­ing site on the mar­ket.

‘‘To re­build a site like that it would prob­a­bly cost more than $50 mil­lion,’’ Mr Baker said.

Mr Xenophon said the ABC rep­re­sen­ta­tives who spoke at the in­quiry did not have a con­vinc­ing ar­gu­ment for shut­ting down the ser­vice.

‘‘This has been a very nar­row-minded and back­wards de­ci­sion on be­half of the ABC,’’ Mr Xenophon said.

‘‘I’m not giv­ing up on this, it is too big an is­sue.’’

IT SEEMS LIKE THE EV­I­DENCE IS THERE TO KEEP HF (HIGH FRE­QUENCY) RA­DIO GO­ING INTO THE PA­CIFIC FROM OUT OF SHEP­PAR­TON.

— GARY BAKER

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