Tele­com woes in spot­light

Narrogin Observer - - Observer News - Laura Gru­bisa

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.”

Pic­ture: Laura Gru­bisa

The morn­ing ses­sion had the room split into two groups to brain­storm about re­gional telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion is­sues.

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