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ABC crucial voice in rural and regional Victoria

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Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan AO MP

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September 9, 2015

ABC crucial voice in rural and regional Victoria

Independent Member for Indi, Cathy Mcgowan AO, welcomes the Australia Institute report, Heartland - the bush loves its ABC, released today.

Ms McGowan congratulated the research Molly Johnson for the comprehensive report. The conclusions show there is exceptionally high support for increasing funding to the ABC to improve regional coverage.

“The ABC is highly regarded and trusted in Indi and has very strong support,” Ms McGowan said.

“It’s crucial the ABC has the resources to cover local news, issues and programs, particularly during times of disaster.

“I call on the Government to continue working closely with the ABC, and provide the funding that is necessary for the ABC to deliver the coverage people in rural and regional Australia expect.”