Regional satellite television service review

The Minister for Regional Communications, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, has today announced a review of the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service. The VAST service currently delivers free-to-air television to approximately 30,000 travelling Australians, such as grey nomads, and around 200,000 households mainly in regional and remote Australia that do not have access to…

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Budget 2018-19 – Rural health and sport

Stronger Rural Health Strategy delivering high quality care   As the Deputy Leader of The Nationals ensuring that regional and rural Australians can access the 21st century health care is a key priority.  The Coalition is committed to responding to the challenge of ensuring Australia has the right mix of health professionals to deliver high…

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Minister launches Charles Sturt University grants program

Minister for Rural Health, Senator Bridget McKenzie with the Member for Calare, Mr Andrew Gee, have today launched Charles Sturt University’s 2018 Community-University Partnerships Grants program. Through the Community-University Partnerships Grants program, Charles Sturt University provides grants of up to $20,000 to support local cultural, economic and sporting activities,” Mr Andrew Gee said. CSU is…

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2018 Regional Telecommunications Review to commence

Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, has announced the committee who will undertake the next review of telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote areas. The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee (the Committee) is convened every three years to examine regional telecommunication services. Six members have been appointed to the Committee: Mr Sean Edwards…

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Scholarships to improve regional health services

Health professionals in rural and regional Australia wanting to increase their skills are being encouraged to apply for financial support under the Australian Government’s Health Workforce Scholarship Program. Officially launching the program today, Minister for Rural Health, Bridget McKenzie, said the Government was investing $11 million in the scholarships over three years from 2017-18 to…

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New milestone for Mobile Black Spot Program

Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, has welcomed today’s switch on of Telstra’s 400th mobile base station built under the Liberal National Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program. Minister McKenzie was joined by the Leader of the Nationals WA, the Hon Mia Davies MLA and their colleagues, Christian Porter MP, Shane Love MLA…

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