Last week the State Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced he was resigning on May 13 to pursue a corporate position.

I would like to pay tribute to Adam for the significant contribution he’s made over the last 11 years as the Member for Northern Tablelands.

Adam has always been a fierce advocate for the communities in his electorate and has fought hard to secure an enormous amount of funding for the region.

I’ve enjoyed working with him on various projects over the years and know he will be missed by his constituents.

I wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

School Student Broadband

Families in the Parkes electorate with school-aged children who don’t have internet at home can now access free broadband as part of a new initiative supported by the state government.

The School Student Broadband Initiative aims to help narrow the digital divide by ensuring all students have access to reliable internet at home.

To be eligible, families must have a child living at home enrolled in an Australian School; have no active broadband service over the NBN network; and live in a premise where they can access a standard NBN service.

I encourage all eligible families in the Parkes electorate to apply for this initiative. Once assessed as eligible, families will be issued with a unique voucher which they can redeem with a participating internet provider.

3G network closure reminder

A reminder to everyone in the Parkes electorate that the 3G network will be switched off in the coming months, and if your device is not 4G or 5G compatible, it will need to be replaced for you to stay connected.

TPG Telecom has already closed its 3G mobile network services, Telstra will close its 3G network on June 30, 2024, and the Optus 3G network will be shut down from September 2024. This means, if you have a device that can only use 3G, you won’t be able to connect to Telstra’s network after June 30 and Optus’ from September. If your mobile device doesn’t have Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology, even if it uses 4G data, it will not be able to make voice calls. Not all VoLTE enabled devices support emergency VoLTE calling, meaning they will not be able to make an emergency call to 000 once 3G closes. To find out if your device is impacted, contact your service provider for more information.

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