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
• post: 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review Secretariat
Department of Communications and the Arts
GPO Box 2154
CANBERRA ACT 2601
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.