Telecom woes in spotlight
Farming Champions and Innovate Australia hosted a regional telecommunications summit in Kukerin last Thursday to highlight issues with regional access to telecommunications and learn about new opportunities in connectivity.
The summit was held at Cambinata Yabbies and was split into two distinct sessions.
The morning session had two large groups brainstorming about issues with regional telecommunications and coming up with possible solutions. The afternoon session was a panel discussion with six speakers including Telstra area general manager WA Boyd Brown, Member for Roe Peter Rundle MLA, and principal project officer regional telecommunications for the Department of Commerce Penny Griffin.
The panel was followed by a question-and-answer session and a general discussion that was moderated by Senator Linda Reynolds, who flew in from Perth especially for the summit.
Farming Champions chairwoman Mary Nenke said the summit was a success. “Farmers, Shire presidents, CEOs, business people, professionals, workers in the region, volunteer ambulance officers, mums and kids — all shared their frustrations at poor connectivity, high costs, black spots and ridiculously slow speeds, but the overall atmosphere of the day was one of hope and willingness to learn about new technologies, alternatives and opportunities,” she said.
“People travelled from all over including Narrogin, Katanning, Geraldton, Dumbleyung, Lake Grace, Lake King, Hyden, Kulin, Wandering, York, Dadgebup, Perth and the outer Perth region.”
The morning session had the room split into two groups to brainstorm about regional telecommunication issues.