Re­mote com­mu­nity to en­ter web

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The leader of a re­mote com­mu­nity has hailed ac­cess to re­li­able in­ter­net as a “best-of-both-worlds” ap­proach for life in the bush as the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s Sky Muster satel­lite gears up for op­er­a­tion.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said those liv­ing in re­mote ar­eas had only weeks to wait be­fore be­ing able to ac­cess the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work. “The satel­lite ser­vice that will de­liver a 25mbps down, 5mbps up ser­vice will be­gin com­mer­cial oper­a­tions in May,” he said.

“So what that’s go­ing to en­sure is that re­mote com­mu­ni­ties like (Ngur­rawaana), or any­where in Aus­tralia, will have very good in­ter­net.”

Ngur­rawaana Com­mu­nity, near Mill­stream-Chichester Na­tional Park, is one such place which hopes to ben­e­fit from the tech­nol­ogy.

Un­til now, they have had no mo­bile phone re­cep­tion and only one com­puter con­nected to the in­ter­net in the school.

Ngur­rawaana chair­man Ricky Smith said re­li­able in­ter­net would en­able the com­mu­nity to ac­cess the out­side world, and give out­siders a glimpse into their own lives.

“The kids you know ... they will have both worlds out there — they got in­ter­net and they got the cul­tural en­vi­ron­ment, too,” he said.

“At this stage, we just out in the sticks there, no one knows where we are but now they hear about us and we con­tact the out­side world.

“It can help in lots of ways, you know.

“At this stage, when we are start­ing our tourism busi­ness and things like that, we can get in con­tact with the out­side world and run our things through a com­puter.”

Mr Smith said the younger peo­ple in the com­mu­nity were al­ready com­puter lit­er­ate and would be able to teach the older mem­bers with ease.

Mr Smith said bet­ter in­ter­net would im­prove ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices to the com­mu­nity as well.

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