In 2010/11 the Wheatbelt Development Commission undertook a process of infrastructure planning with Wheatbelt local governments. This process identified telecommunications as one of the key developmental issues for the Wheatbelt.
The Wheatbelt Development Commission is now working with the Department of Commerce, the Federal Department of Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy, telecommunications providers and Wheatbelt local governments to identify telecommunications gaps and projects in order to rectify issues.
A number of businesses cases are being developed to encourage and lever further investment in telecommunications infrastructure throughout the Wheatbelt. The initial focus includes:
- Mobile phone coverage
- Upcoming impacts of the introduction of digital television; and
- Access to ADSL2+, especially in those areas of the region that could be waiting for many years for potential National Broadband Network services.
Fact sheets and more information on telecommunications are available from the Wheatbelt Development Commission by calling Rebecca Kelly, Senior Regional Officer, on 08 9651 1770.
The 2011-12 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee is reviewing telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia and will report its findings to the Australian Government in March 2012.
More information can be found on the committee’s website www.rtirc.gov.au.
Submissions closed on 11 December 2011
The 2011-12 Regional Telecommunications Review issues paper and information on how to make a submission is here. The committee is keen to learn from the experiences of consumers, businesses, agencies and organisations and is interested in:
- opportunities that the National Broadband Network creates for the digital economy
- tele-health and education
- communications needs of Indigenous Australians—particularly those that live in rural and remote communities
- developments in the terrestrial and satellite mobile phone sector
- consumer concerns of people and businesses in regional, rural and remote Australia.
For more information and updates on public consultations please contact the committee secretariat by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 1800 064 851 (free call on a landline service).