nbn hits the road in support of drought-affected communities

nbn attends and hosts a range of events throughout Australia, giving local residents and business owners an opportunity to speak face-to-face with an nbn representative.

nbn™ Local and NBN Co representatives are hitting the road to visit local communities, giving residents the opportunity to have a real-life experience of the benefits of the nbn™ Sky Muster™ satellite service via the Muster Truck. The custom-made vehicle carries a portable satellite antenna that allows visitors to get hands-on with services over the nbn™ access network via a Wi-Fi hotspot powered by the nbn™ Sky Muster™ service.

The Liberal and Nationals Government is partnering with NBN Co to help farmers and local businesses in drought-affected areas access support.

Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation Bridget McKenzie said the Liberal and Nationals Government would be using NBN Co’s Sky Muster satellite vehicles to provide a free WiFi service to assist in lodging online claims for drought assistance at outreach events across New South Wales.

‘I urge anyone affected by the drought to attend local outreach activities, where a variety of support services will provide representatives to assess individual situations and provide advice,’ Minister McKenzie said.

‘I also want to remind people who may be feeling the pinch at this time of year that there are a range of community mental health and telehealth services available to regional Australians to support them in this trying time.

‘This outreach is about putting communities in touch with support networks such as Government agencies, charity groups and other organisations that can provide or facilitate crucial support services.

Representatives from the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul Society and Rotary Australia World Community Service have also been invited to attend to distribute a range of immediate support as part of the Government’s $30 million Drought Community Support Initiative for people across parts of drought-affected parts of Australia.

The outreach will occur from mid-January through to March, kicking off from 15 January in West Wyalong, Condobolin, Parkes and Forbes.

People are doing it tough, and some are reluctant to ask for help because they think other people are worse off than them, but there is plenty of support to go around.

Minister McKenzie

A $5 billion Future Drought Fund has been established which guarantees support against future droughts faced by farmers and communities in rural and regional Australia along with boosting the Drought Communities Program and increased the number of local councils that can apply for funding up to 81. This provides an opportunity for each of these communities to invest $1 million to stimulate their local economies.

More information on the Liberal and Nationals Government’s drought support initiatives is available at www.agriculture.gov.au/ag-farm-food/drought or at https://www1.nbnco.com.au/content/nbnco2/corporate-information/media-centre/events.html#tab2

You may also visit farmhub.org.au for more drought assistance measures.

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