BRANXTON GRETA NEWS COLUMN WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH 2015

Jason Clare, Shadow Minister for Communications visited our electorate last week to discuss the ongoing issues too many people face with poor mobile coverage and broadband access.

Jason Clare pointed out that under Labor's plan many more people would have the NBN now and confirmed Labor’s commitment to the NBN. Meanwhile we are working hard to ensure electorates such as Hunter are not left behind.
 
I have run many campaigns in Hunter highlighting the difficulties faced by my constituency and have had some recent successes with more ADSL2 ports being released in Abermain, Greta and Branxton.  However there is still a long way to go.

Please contact my office if you are experiencing long delays with connection or service quality so I can continue raising this issue with the Minister.

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Many of you have contacted my office with concerns about electromagnetic energy (EME) in relation to communications towers and radio transmitters.  As more mobile phone towers are built and the NBN rolls out you may wish to become more informed about EME.  I now have available some fact sheets that provide information on this issue. Please contact my office if you would like a copy sent to you.
 
The Department of Communications also has information on its website at www.arpansa.gov.au/Science/rf/ or phone 1800022333 for further information on EME.

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My mobile office will be visiting Greta this month giving residents an opportunity to raise federal issues that are important to them.

This may include Centrelink, Immigration, Taxation and other federal government issues. 

Find us at Greta Arts & Sports Centre on Tuesday 31 March from 2-4pm.

Call my office for an appointment or just drop in.

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The 2015 Community Heritage Grants program is now open. The National Library of Australia administers this program, which offers grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations to assist in preserving nationally significant heritage collections.

Not-for-profit organisations such as historical societies, regional museums, public libraries and Indigenous and migrant community groups, are encouraged to apply.

A wide range of activities may qualify for grants, including:
• Significant assessment of collections
• Preservation needs assessments of collections
• Purchase of archival quality storage ,materials
• Preservation training projects
• Conservation activities, including cleaning, treatment or rebinding
• Purchase and installation of environmental control and monitoring equipment
• Copying of material once originals have been preserved
• Cataloguing or collection management software

Guidelines and the application form are available at www.nla.gov.au/chg/guidelines. Applications for the Community Heritage Grants program close on 1 May 2015.

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I am always keen to assist with issues or questions relating to Federal Government departments or put you in contact with someone who can, so please ring, write, visit the website or call in.

Why not go the extra step by following me on my Facebook page “Joel Fitzgibbon” or on Twitter and type in the search bar “fitzhunter”. Or by regularly checking my website at www.joelfitzgibbon.com or you can even sign up to my E-Newsletter.

To contact the office, phone 1300 301 753, visit www.joelfitzgibbon.com or by post 3 Edward Street, (PO Box 526) Cessnock, 2325.

 


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