Senator Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories and Regional Communications, spoke at the Rural Press Club of Victoria on November 23, 2016.

Senator Nash spoke about positive language use and media coverage of regional Australia, the need for regional investment, her initiatives in improving communications and announces a new $297 million regional fund. Senator Nash was asked about the need for more internet bandwidth in rural areas to drive innovation in agriculture.

She said remote areas that previously lacked any substantial internet service had appreciated the roll out of the National Broadband Network’s Skymuster satellite service.

Senator Nash said she had played a role in improving the remote NBN project and the mobile coverage black spot program. She compared the higher cost of population expansion on Melbourne’s fringe with the lower cost of the same
growth in the regions.

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