Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Communications Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie
Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, have welcomed the announcement of the 2018 Regional Telecommunciations 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 Scullion said the review was a fantastic opportunity for Territorians to have their say on communication issues that matter to them.
“I’ve spoken to many residents from across our beautiful region about the telecommunications issues they face in their day-to-day lives,” Senator Scullion 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.”
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.”
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