OPINION: Big opportunity for city-centric government to change

IMPROVED COVERAGE: Member for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed an announcement Kalangadoo and Kybybolite have been selected as priority locations in the Federal Government’s $220m Mobile Blackspot Program.

BETTER road, rail, air services, mobile phone coverage and access to quality broadband internet will help grow rural and regional Australia, according to a federal report released last Thursday.

Well, well. We all know that, but for city people making decisions in faraway places, it’s luminary.

Under the heading “connectivity”, improving such services form one of 13 recommendations of a final report titled Regions at the Ready: Investing in Australia’s Future.

None of us will be shocked to learn the report also recommends reasonable health and education services – including regional universities.