Member for New England Barnaby Joyce and Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, 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 country-wide committee including Tamworth businesswoman, farmer and community advocate, Robbie Sefton.
“This is a great opportunity for people in rural and regional areas like ours to have their say about telecommunications issues which matter to them,” Ms Sefton said.
Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the review will aim to address communication issues in regional locations.
“What is blindingly obvious when speaking to local residents about issues they face is the importance of communications in their day-to-day lives,” Mr Joyce said.
“This review will look at ways we can maximise the economic and social benefits that next-generation telecommunication services can provide to our local community.”
Also appointed to the committee were Mr Sean Edwards (Chair), Ms Wendy Duncan, Ms Johanna Plante, 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 start shortly and called for all rural Australians to participate in the committee
“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,” Minister McKenzie said.
The Committee will shortly call for submissions 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