Mt Perry District Broadcasters may be on air by mid-year
Mt Perry District Broadcasters may be on air by mid-year Nat Bromhead 10h2595a

Mt Perry FM radio

MT PERRY may have its own community FM radio station by mid-year.

Spokesman Terry Rundell said a five-year community radio licence was on hold with the Australian Communications and Media Authority, pending the outcome of a grant to buy broadcast equipment.

"We're still waiting 'til the end of the month for the outcome of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund application," Mr Rundell said. 

"We could be on air within the month or six weeks of obtaining the grant (if successful), and we would need to do a lot of testing (of equipment) before going ahead," he said.

The Mt Perry District Broadcasters were formed in March last year, after an earlier discussion between some residents on radio reception in Mt Perry.

"The whole idea was to get out to the people who were isolated between Mt Perry and Bundaberg who have no radio, TV or mobile."

In addition to a proposed mix of 'easy listening' music and classic hits, he said the station had approached Veterans Affairs to fund a veterans' outreach program.

"We would also do a 'women in isolation' program for women on cattle stations, and indigenous programs."

Those interested in sponsoring programs or volunteering should email mtperry.broadcasters@gmail.com.