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RTC Programme delivers online banking to a further 43 rural communities.



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JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

JOHN ANDERSON SENATOR IAN MACDONALD

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL SERVICES

MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES TERRITORIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

M297/2001 3 October 2001

RTC PROGRAMME DELIVERS ONLINE BANKING TO A FURTHER 43 RURAL COMMUNITIES

Online banking and bill pay services will soon be available to a further 43 rural communities through the Federal Government's Rural Transaction Centres (RTC) Programme.

The Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, and the Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Senator Ian Macdonald, today announced a further 43 RTCs in local postal outlets as part of the RTC EPOS initiative.

"These 43 communities, along with another 27 announced last week, will now have online banking service and online bill pay services as part of the Federal Governments RTC programme in partnership with Australia Post," Senator Macdonald said.

"These RTC facilities will provide access to deposit, withdrawal and balances through 70 financial institutions plus other services including credit card payments."

"These facilities will be installed over the next few months with some likely to be operating as early as this month," Senator Macdonald said.

Mr Anderson said that RTCs were providing local services that cities and larger centres take for granted.

"Not only are communities having services restored but many small towns now have access to services they never had before," he said

"It has made a difference to many communities by keeping money in town and providing a new sense of optimism."

Senator Macdonald said that 153 RTCs had now been commissioned and funded since the first RTC was opened two years ago. More than 440 communities have been funded to investigate the feasibility of providing a range of services in an RTC.

"By comparison Labor reduced rural services, slashing 277 post offices in their last six years and closing the regional analogue mobile phone service without replacement."

"Labor opposed funding for RTCs, the Regional Solutions programme and Networking the Nation as well as criticising the $1.2 bn Roads to Recovery funding as a 'boondoggle' to the bush," Senator Macdonald said.

***A list of approved locations is attached*** MEDIA CONTACTS: David Moore (Senator Macdonald's Office) (07) 4771 3066 / 0417 774 724   Paul Chamberlin (Mr Anderson's Office) (02) 6277 7680

RTC EPOS Approved Applications 3/10/01

 

New South Wales - 10   Barmedman Dunoon Perthville

Bilambil Valley Glenreagh Smithtown

Broadwater Grose Vale Uki

Currarong     Victoria - 28   Aireys Inlet Huntly Nyah

Allansford Kalorama Silvan

Avenel Koondrook Tallygaroopna

Barnawartha Lemnos Tarnagulla

Bealiba Maryknoll Wandong

Buchan Mernda Wonga Park

Cororooke Moriac Woomelang

Diggers Rest Metung Yarrambat

Flinders Moyhu

Glengarry Nar Nar Goon

    Queensland - 2   Wowan Yelarbon

    Western Australia - 3   Balingup Bakers Hill Cowaramup