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Putting public phones into remote communities.



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M e d i a R e l e a s e

THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari

8th July 2008

PUTTING PUBLIC PHONES INTO REMOTE COMMUNITIES

Federal Member for Lingiari, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP today called on telecommunications providers to apply to supply, install and maintain community telephone services in remote Indigenous communities.

Under the ‘Backing Indigenous Ability Telecommunications’ program, this round of applications will ensure more remote Territory communities have access to telephones.

“It’s obvious that basic telecommunications have a vital role when it comes to health care, education, safety and business in remote Indigenous communities,” said Mr Snowdon.

“These new phones will be in addition to those already operational in remote communities and, until the supplier has been approved, high priority community phones will continue to be installed until this new process is finalised.”

When applications have been assessed and a suitable provider chosen, the phones will operate using prepaid cards and will be housed in a robust case to protect them from environmental damage.

Applications for the provision of community phones will close at 5.00 pm 14 August 2008 (AEST).

More information on the application process can be found on the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s website at www.dbcde.gov.au/bia