MAYOR of Young Gerry Bailey will seek to mediate in the dispute between two local groups seeking to control community radio in Young.
Councillor Bailey plans to contact Lambing Flat Community Broadcasting, which has operated 2YYY FM for the past four years, and aspirant group Young and District Arts Council to seek a solution to the present stand off.
Both groups face a June 24 dead line to make submissions to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on the proposal to timeshare on a 50:50 basis.
A proposed 12 month arrangement would see the existing licensee broadcast for six months until January 3, with the new entity taking over for the next six months.
Concern was expressed at the Young Shire Council meeting on Wednesday, with Cr Bailey claiming the future of a community radio in Young may be in jeopardy and could fail if the six month shared licensing arrangement was implemented in the town.
Councillor Bailey described the possible shared arrangement as ridiculous and unworkable, adding that common sense would say there should be one or the other licensed to use the community radio band.
He advocated mediation between the existing licence holder, Lambing Flat Community Broadcasting Inc, which operated 2YYY, and potential license holder Young District Arts Council.
Earlier there had been a lively debate about whether council should discuss the matter at all, with Cr John Walker arguing a letter appearing in council correspondence regarding the issue had not been sent to council but was merely a flier going around town, and the matter was already in the hands of the autonomous licensing authority.
He said council shouldn’t show favouritism between two local groups and if it was to become involved should only encourage constructive dialogue.
According to Katie Tilden from the ACMA timesharing is not new to the community radio airwaves, with three instances of temporary community broadcasting licensees timesharing in NSW and one instance both in South Australia and Victoria.