Cooma and Bombala are to receive Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) digital television services following investment in new transmission facilities.
Eden-Monaro MP Mike Kelly says the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that all Australians – wherever they live - have access to the full range of digital free-to-air television channels.
He said the ABC and SBS are replacing the community-run self-help services at Captains Flat with services operated as part of the national broadcasters’ networks – which will greatly improve the reliability of these services.
"Wherever there are three commercial digital television services, the ABC and SBS will also be present, right down to transmission areas of around 500 people - a great result for people living in regional Australia," Dr Kelly said.
Dr Kelly said he was delighted that the television services had been extended.
The new services should be operational in the near future, as the national broadcasters finalise contractual arrangements for these service extensions.
For those transmission areas with less than 500 people, the Rudd Labor Government is also investing $375.4 million to provide digital free-to-air television services from the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service.
Dr Kelly called on the Liberals to outline whether they supported the funding or whether it would be cut in order to fill their $70 billion black hole.
This funding has already been allocated in the budget.