Tibooburra, White Cliffs, Tilpa and Silverton residents are invited to attend a Telecommunications and Connectivity Roadshow with information sessions with Telstra, NBN, the Regional Tech Hub, and the National Emergency Management Agency, from Monday July 3 to Thursday July 6.
The Telecommunications and Connectivity Roadshow Far West NSW has been created off the back of recent severe storm and flood events in our region, and aims to inform and support people around what connectivity options are available to them to improve their community’s capacity, capability, and connectivity resilience though their telecommunication and connectivity options.
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Recovery Support Officers, Claire Butler and Kevin Mack, are using the opportunity to bring local support services together with communication stakeholders to ensure that people living in smaller, remote communities receive the most up-to-date information and access to support services.
In a one-stop-shop kind of roadshow – with representatives from a variety of rural support services in attendance including Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP), Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), Salvos Connect, Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS), Regional NSW, Service NSW, Transport NSW, and flood recovery support from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).
With heavy rain predicted over the region this week, they hope roads won’t be cut, but all going to plan, the various services will set-up stalls inside roadshow community venues so that people can drop-in for a chat at a time that suits them, rather than attending for the entire duration. Residents can have one-on-one discussions with telcos and/or support services so they receive the most relevant information for their individual situation.
“We welcome people to provide feedback about their experiences or challenges with accessing communications so that the Regional Tech Hub can help troubleshoot issues to ensure they’re getting the best out of current connectivity options,” says Ms Butler.
“Telcos will explain how the network is impacted by disaster, the technology that is utilised when the network is disrupted, how Telcos can assist customers, and what communities can do to decrease potential impact,” she said.
The roadshow kick off in Tibooburra at the Albert Hall from 11am to 2pm on Monday July 3, moving to the White Cliffs Community Hall from 11am to 2pm on Tuesday July 4.
Tilpa is next on the trail with the meeting being held in the Community Hall from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday July 5, with the final meeting on at the Silverton Municipal Chambers from 4pm to 6pm on Thursday July 6.
***Unfortunately, due to inclement weather conditions, the Telecommunications Roadshow has been postponed. Please find the amended dates below.
Tibooburra Monday 4 September
White Cliffs Tuesday 5 September
Tilpa Wednesday 6 September
Silverton Thursday 7 September