IN DISCUSSION: Sean Edwards (centre) at the Regional Telecommunications Review at the Dalby Leagues Club on Monday.
IN DISCUSSION: Sean Edwards (centre) at the Regional Telecommunications Review at the Dalby Leagues Club on Monday. Sam Flanagan

Communicating problems faced by the bush

OFTEN when there is an issue in regional or rural Australia it can feel as though concerns fall on the deaf ears of the powers that be in major cities.

Telecommunications in the bush can lead to the frustration and potential isolation of residents, but now the Australian Government is getting on the front foot.

The Regional Telecommunications Review 2018 is an independent committee currently travelling around the country looking into the deficiencies faced by communities, allowing them can hold telcos to account.

The group stopped into Dalby on Monday, with committee chair Sean Edwards delighted with the robust discussion.

He said those who attended didn't waste any time identifying a key area; education.

"It didn't surprise me to deal with education speaking to people who work in the industry; digital literacy is a big issue,” Mr Edwards said.

"People need to be educated on the right data plans, the technology able to be used in rural regions and so on.

"We're trying to increase the access and liability of regional, rural and remote Australians.”

Mr Edwards said at the end of the review process they'll put forward a list of recommendations to the government.

Deputy mayor Andrew Smith was in attendance and stood up for farmers who are often short changed by telcos.

"Everytime you drive past a mailbox that's often a multi-million dollar business.”


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