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Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Ted O’Brien MP, Federal Member for Fairfax, have welcomed the announcement of the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review that will examine communication issues in regional, rural and remote areas.
The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee is convened every three years to examine regional telecommunication services in Australia.
Six members have been appointed to the Committee: Mr Sean Edwards (Chair), Ms Wendy Duncan, Ms Johanna Plante, Ms Robbie Sefton, Ms Kylie Stretton and Mr Paul Weller. The Committee brings a wealth of experience in the telecommunications sector and an extensive understanding of regional and remote Australia.
Senator McKenzie said the review will commence shortly and called for all rural Australians to participate.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for those in the bush to have their say on how they use telecommunication services and the issues that affect them,” Minister McKenzie said.
“As a regional Australian myself, I know how important it is to have access to 21st century communications. The Government recognises the benefits that improved connectivity can bring to the families, communities and businesses in our regions.”
Mr O’Brien said the review was a fantastic opportunity for Fairfax residents and businesses to get involved.
“Many residents of Fairfax have contacted me about telecommunications issues they face in their day-to-day lives. This review is an opportunity to bring together all the issues affecting regional families and businesses, and work out solutions to address them,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The review will look at ways we can maximise the economic and social benefits that next-generation telecommunication services can provide to our local community.”
The Committee has called for submissions – see here – and will undertake public consultations in regional and rural areas later in the year. The Committee is expected to report to government by the end of September 2018.
More information on the review and the terms of reference are available at: www.rtirc.gov.au