Oakeshott sends local MP NBN invite

Local Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker has been advised by Independent MP Rob Oakeshott to attend a public forum on the benefits of the National Broadband Network currently being installed in Coffs Harbour and Sawtell.
Local Federal MP Luke Hartsuyker has been advised by Independent MP Rob Oakeshott to attend a public forum on the benefits of the National Broadband Network currently being installed in Coffs Harbour and Sawtell. Trevor Veale

A PUBLIC forum on the national broadband network is a perfect opportunity for local Federal member Luke Hartsuyker to get his facts straight according to Independent MP Rob Oakeshott.

Mr Hartsuyker and Mr Oakeshott have been trading barbs at each other for a while now but the Lyne MP saw the NBN forum to be held at C.ex Coffs Harbour on June 21 as a perfect opportunity to take a swipe at Mr Hartsuyker.

"This is a game-changer for regional communities - a point National Party MPs like Luke Hartsuyker still haven't understood as they continue to vote against it in parliament," Mr Oakeshott said.

"I hope the National Party MPs turn up to the information session, which is as much for them as anyone else.

"It is their chance to learn why regional development matters and why relevant high-speed broadband technology matters, and for them to consider the benefits of supporting both."

The public forum is being conducted by Regional Development Australia - Mid North Coast who will be showcasing the benefits of higher broadband speeds.

Residents are being encouraged to attend to find out how the national broadband network will change the health, education, business and technology landscape for rural and regional Australia.

Mr Oakeshott said residents need to be aware that the NBN is more than just faster downloads.

"It's critical infrastructure that will allow regional Australia to have unprecedented access to health and education services, and to business opportunities not matter where they are in the world." he said.

Guest speakers include Channel 7's technology reporter Peter Blasina, the director of the Australian Centre for Innovation (ACBI) Colin Griffith, the national general manager of Healthcare for Telstra Enterprise and Government Tanya Felton as well as Jennene Buckley who is the chief executive officer of Feros Care.

Topics:  hartsuyker, luke, nbn, oakeshott, rob

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