Territorians will have the chance to speak out about communication issues.
Established every three years, the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (RTIRC) will conduct reviews into telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote areas across Australia.
Currently, the Katherine town has reliable communication services in most areas.
However, there are existing gaps in mobile coverage outside the town, such as on the Stuart Highway to Darwin and at Nitmiluk National Park.
Minister for regional communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Senator Nigel Scullion, have welcomed the announcement saying 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.”
Six members have been appointed to the Committee, bringing a wealth of knowledge in the communication sector and understanding of regional Australia.
The committee will include: Mr Sean Edwards, Ms Wendy Duncan, Ms Johanna Plante, Ms Robbie Sefton, Ms Kylie Stretton and Mr Paul Weller.
The committee will also:
Public consultations in regional and rural areas will begin later in the year and 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
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