On 20 June 2021, the Chair of the Committee, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker discussed the 2021 Regional Telecommunications Review at the annual Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly.

Speaking to members and guests, Mr Hartsuyker introduced the newly appointed committee and outlined the key areas of the Review. He also discussed the importance of continual improvements to telecommunications services across regional Australia and the economic benefits these bring.

“The committee has been asked to consider the impact of government policies and programs on improving connectivity, competition and digital literacy in regional, rural and remote areas. We will examine the rollout of the NBN, the Mobile Blackspots Program, the Regional Connectivity Program and the Regional Tech Hub,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“We have been asked to look at the impact of COVID-19 on consumer access and usage of broadband and mobile technologies in the regions.

“One of the changes that is evident from the impact of COVID-19 is that there appears to be an increased awareness of just what can be achieved in a regional, rural or remote location. In order to maximize outcomes you need good, reliable telecommunications infrastructure.”

Members of the Committee present at the Forum, together with Mr Hartsuyker, also undertook general discussion on telecommunications issues with Local Government representatives.

Read the full speech.