New Community Licence for Swan Hill

The ABA has allocated a new community radio licence in Victoria to Swan Hill & District Community FM Radio Inc (Smart FM).

The Swan Hill service will broadcast on 99.1 FM. At the moment, Smart FM is broadcasting on this frequency under a temporary community broadcasting licence, which expires on Saturday. The permanent licence will take effect from Sunday.

Lyn Maddock, Acting ABA chief, says: “The proposed community radio service will add to the range and diversity of services in the Swan Hill area. The applicant has satisfied the Authority that it will meet existing and perceived future needs of the local community.

“The ABA made this licence available after a process of consultation with the people of Swan Hill to seek their views on what additional broadcasting services were needed. Smart FM was the only applicant.”

Smart FM operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The proposed service will provide programs covering a wide range of local issues and appealing to the general community. The new licensee can be contacted on (03) 5032 5991.