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Switchover effort ramps up across northern NSW



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Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity

Switchover effort ramps up across Northern NSW

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today encouraged people living in Northern NSW to get digital ready as the switchover across the region kicks into top gear.

"555,000 households in Northern NSW are switching to digital-only free to air TV on 27 November - and with just over five months to go, the Government's Digital Switchover Taskforce is ramping up activities across the switchover region to help people get ready.

"Five dedicated Digital Switchover Liaison Officers, 12 Indigenous Community Liaison Officers and Multicultural Ambassadors have been appointed and are all ready to help people and communities across Northern NSW make the switch," said Senator Conroy.

Former Rugby League great David Peachey has taken on the role of Indigenous Switchover Ambassador for the region.

"The Government is also providing financial and practical help to eligible people who need extra assistance to make the switch, through the Household Assistance Scheme and the Satellite Subsidy Scheme. Both schemes are now open for applications," Senator Conroy said.

"The Household Assistance Scheme has already helped over 100,000 households across Australia convert to digital TV, and 11,000 people have received a subsided installation of satellite equipment under the Satellite Subsidy Scheme."

If you are eligible for either Government program, you should have received a letter from Centrelink inviting you to apply. You can also check your eligibility by calling the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 20 10 13.

"We want to make sure that nobody is left behind in the switch to digital TV, so if you have questions, please call the Digital Ready Information Line 1800 20 10 13 or visit www.digitalready.gov.au.

"If you've already switched, you might want to help out a family member or friend so that they can start enjoying all the benefits that come with digital TV, including more channels, and better picture and sound quality," Senator Conroy said.

Local information and contact details for Digital Switchover Liaison Officers, Australian Government Endorsed Antenna Installers and your closest retail advisor are available by entering your address into mySwitch at www.digitalready.gov.au.

ENDS

Notes to editors: A range of audio files, images and footage is available from the Digital Switchover Taskforce. Contact the Digital Switchover Taskforce at: switchover.media@dbcde.gov.au