Time to Have Your Say on Regional Communications

Mobile black spots; the National Broadband Network; telecommunication issues impacting your business or everyday life - now is the time for Cowra Shire residents to have their say on telecommunications services in rural and regional areas with the Federal Government appointing an independent committee to undertake the Regional Telecommunication Review 2018.

"Council has been instrumental in lobbying for the successful funding of new mobile phone towers around Cowra Shire in recent years, but there is still a vast need to improve telecommunications coverage of high-quality mobile voice and broadband services in our Shire," said Council's Business Officer, Ponie De Wet.

"It seems odd that a region contributing more in Gross Regional Product (GRP) per capita than those living in the greater Sydney metropolitan area, are denied basic telecommunication services which metropolitan populations get and take for granted. I urge residents to make a submission to the Regional Telecommunications Review to address this disparity," Mr De Wet said.

The Regional Telecommunications Review Independent Committee will hold a public consultation in Wagga Wagga at the Commercial Club on Thursday, 5 July 2018 from 11.30am to 1pm.

Written submissions to the review will also be accepted until 5 August 2018 via:

• Department of Communications and the Arts' website: www.communications.gov.au/ rtirc

• email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• post: 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review Secretariat

Department of Communications and the Arts

GPO Box 2154


Cowra Shire residents that require assistance with their submission can contact Council's Business Officer Ponie De Wet on 6340 2038 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The committee is expected to report to the Government by the end of September. More information on the review and the terms of reference are available at: www.rtirc.gov.au.