Radio group calls for council help
AMATEUR radio enthusiasts have received some practical recognition of their important role in providing emergency communication systems for the Gympie Region.
Gympie Regional councillors this week moved to provide the Gympie Communications and Electronics Group with a 66 per cent discount on council’s originally proposed lease fee for retransmission facilities on its property.
The property in question is the top of the city’s landmark Wine Glass Water Tower.
Council’s Corporate Governance and Finance Committee resolved to recommend a fee reduction from $900 a year to $300 a year, in recognition of the group’s non-commercial nature and its offer to help with communication equipment and services in emergency situations.
This week’s committee meeting was told that existing broadcast users of the water tower are the Emergency Services Department, Black and White Cabs and Optus.
The 23-member club appealed for a waiving of lease fees, on the grounds its only income is membership fees and sausage sizzles. The club wrote to council earlier this year thanking it for making space available for its 70cm repeater, but saying the proposed cost was beyond its members.
The repeater would allow UHF and VHF links to neighbouring regions, providing a potentially life-saving back-up radio link.