The 2011-12 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee will begin a series of public consultations around Australia as it examines telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of the country.
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today welcomed the beginning of the consultation process and the release of the committee’s issues paper.
“Over the next three months the committee will be conducting consultations in 19 large and small regional and remote communities across Australia, as well as a number of capital cities,” Senator Conroy said.
“These meetings will provide an important opportunity for a wide range of members of the community to contribute their views and have their voice heard on the issues that affect them.
“The Gillard Government is passionate about building world-class telecommunications infrastructure throughout regional Australia, ensuring access to all Australians, no matter where they live.
“The NBN will provide access to high-speed broadband for every home, school and business in Australia. This represents a step change in rural and regional Australia’s access to affordable and reliable communications services.
“The NBN will enable regional Australia to achieve better educational outcomes, improved health service delivery and increased economic opportunities.”
The committee will hold its first public meetings in Toowoomba, Moree and Bourke on 19-20 September 2011.
The committee will report back to government with its findings by 5 March 2012.
“I encourage all individuals, businesses and organisations to attend the regional meetings and have their say on telecommunications issues,” Senator Conroy said.
For more information on the 2011-12 Regional Telecommunications Review, including details of public meetings, visit the committee’s website at www.rtirc.gov.au