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Media Release

Senator the Hon. Ian Macdonald

Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government


29 January 1999 




Rural Information Service will give rural communities in Tasmania access to the very best in information services, Federal Regional Services Minister, Ian Macdonald, said today as he officially launched the Rural Information Service Internet website and database at Oatlands.

Senator Macdonald said that the initiative, overseen by the Board of Management of Rural Support Tasmania, would provide a diverse range of information to a broad, Tasmania wide community. The Commonwealth has provided a $105,000 contribution over 3 years for the service.

"The Commonwealth’s commitment reflects the fact that this quality information service is an excellent example of the innovative approach that is required to meet the challenge of delivering services to Regional Australia- in this case in Tasmania."

"The Rural Information Service will help rural producers make better decisions for their own businesses."

"The database and Internet site contains information on business, government and social topics relevant to rural Tasmania, but leaves the actual decisions for local economic and social growth to the communities themselves," Senator Macdonald said.

The Rural Information Service provides a telephone call service, at local call cost, which allows person to person service 4 days a week, plus an Internet website where people can access database information directly. In the case of both services, if the database doesn’t find the specific information immediately, the service will do an off-line search and get back to the enquirer the next working day. People with a rural background will man the call service.

The Rural Information Service is a partnership between the Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services and Corporate Sponsorship. Senator Macdonald acknowledged the cash support from Business Aurora and the ‘in kind’ support from the Tasmanian Rural Youth Organisation.

"The Rural information Service is an exciting demonstration of the Coalition Government’s renewed focus on supporting services on the ground in Rural and Regional Australia rather than trying to run a ‘one size fits all’ service from Canberra," Senator Macdonald said.

***Senator Macdonald will officially launch the service at Oatlands Online Access Centre, 68 High Street, Oatlands at 11.00am Tuesday 2 February 1999. Media Welcome***


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