Toowoomba pensioner Noreen Doran says the $308 million digital television rollout will be useful but the money could be better spent.
Toowoomba pensioner Noreen Doran says the $308 million digital television rollout will be useful but the money could be better spent. Dave Noonan

Locals tune in to digital TV idea

TOOWOOMBA resident Noreen Doran hasn't fully switched off to the idea of free digital television set-top boxes for Australian pensioners but believes the money could be better used elsewhere.

Mrs Doran said she planned to take advantage of the $308 million scheme included in the Federal Budget which will give Australians who receive the maximum rate of pension a free set-top box as well as installation and instructions.

“I don't get the best reception so it would be useful,” Mrs Doran said.

“I know quite a few people who will benefit from it but I can think of a lot of other things that money could go towards.”

The scheme has created quite a bit of controversy after it was revealed that the program had been allocated up to $400 per installation.

“Set-top boxes really aren't an expensive thing to buy; for $400 why not just buy them a new digital TV?” Mrs Doran said.

“I think a much better idea would be to just put the money into the pensioners' bank accounts because a lot of them would buy a set top box anyway.

“That way they can also support their local businesses by buying the set top boxes locally.”

The Darling Downs will make the full switch to digital television on December 6 this year.

After this date, analogue televisions will not receive a signal.



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