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An audience with Senator Nash.



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AN AUDIENCE WITH SENATOR NASH

Friday, 21 July 2006

Telecommunications in rural and regional areas and the growing need for a sustainable biofuels industry in Australia will be among the topics discussed by NSW Nationals Senator Fiona Nash during a visit to Forbes next week.

Senator Nash will be the guest speaker at a dinner at the Vandenberg Hotel where audience members will have the opportunity to listen to the NSW senator’s views on a range of issues currently on the national agenda - including rising fuel prices.

“The cost of petrol is certainly a concern throughout the entire country,” Senator Nash said.

“The rising prices have reinforced the need for a stronger alternative fuels market in Australia, and biofuels - particularly ethanol - is certainly a viable, not to mention cheaper option that we as a country must start considering much more seriously.

“Another issue which has struck a chord with people in rural and regional areas is Telstra’s proposal to replace the current CDMA mobile network with 3GSM technology. There is a concern among mobile users that coverage will be compromised as a result of the changeover, but I want to reassure rural and regional residents that I will not allow this to happen.”

Senator Nash said she is eager to speak with community members to get their views on a range of issues.

“My ears and eyes are always open to the issues affecting rural and regional Australia, and I encourage residents of Forbes and surrounds to come along and let me know of any issues of concern they may have,” Senator Nash said.

While in town, Senator Nash will also officially open the Saleyard Operators Association of NSW conference being held in Forbes next week.

For more information on the dinner or to book your place, phone Jeff Herdegen (02) 6851 2221.

Media contact: Julie Siegert 0429 818 600