Around 1998 4ZZZ, 4MBS, and Family Radio started broadcasting from the one installation at Mt Coot-tha. Prior to this 4MBS and Family Radio had merely leased land beside 4ZZZ but then Brisbane City Council decided that having three transmission towers and huts in the one place was an eyesore and encouraged the three radio stations to share facilities. This resulted in the three radio stations developing a company called Broadcasting Park to negotiate with the Council. This company consisted of three shares, one owned by each member station.
Councils insecure facing disaster relief fund cuts
The productivity commission recommended the federal government cut disaster relief funding by 50%. Currently council receives assistance when a natural disaster leaves a damage bill of more than $240, 000 however that threshold would rise to $2million.
Smaller municipalities are said to be most vulnerable.
Commissioner Karen Chester has cited inefficiency in the current relief funding model with many damaged assets being rebuilt and not improved against future disasters. It is unclear how councils are set to future proof council infrasture with reduced federal support.
The federal government will announce how they will respond to the commission report on May 26.