Feb 13 2012

Motorists in the Snowy Mountains are being urged to stay safe at the wheel after an Australian Government survey has revealed that 13% of drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel.

The 2011 Survey of Community Attitudes Towards Road Safety shows that while most drivers have a good understanding of road safety issues and support enforcement, many persist in taking unnecessary risks.

For example, while 86% of peopleagreed that using a mobile phone while driving was dangerous, a third of motorists admitted to doing so.

The survey also revealed that seventy percent of drivers admitted to driving at more than ten kilometers over the speed limit, and 28% wrongly believed that it was okay to speed, so long as they were driving 'safely.'

Mobile phone usage, speed and fatigue are the key issues being addressed through the National Road Safety Strategy, and the full report can be found on the Australian Government Infrastructure website.

Feb 10 2012

People living in rural and remote areas across the Snowy Mountains are being urged to support a new blueprint for aged care reform.

The National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) is promoting the blueprint and seeking support for a move to a simpler, fairer and more affordable aged care sector.

The detailed submission covers an increase in the accommodation payment to accurately reflect the costs of living and travelling in remote regions, as well as better recognition of the costs involved with providing aged care.

The proposal is calling for both a commitment to a new system as well as a timeframe for it's implementation.

Anyone interested in the blueprint is encouraged to become familiar with it at naca.asn.au

Feb 09 2012

The Federal Government's decision to build two new satellites to deliver high speed broadband to regional and remote Australia has been welcomed by the National Farmers Federation.

In a submission to the Regional Telecommunications Review last year, the NFF called for equal access to reliable and affordable telecommunication services, and organisation president Jock Laurie says that the recent announcement demonstrates that the Government is listening.

The news coincides with Member for Monaro John Barilaro's recent call for an improvement of radio and communication services on the Monaro, with particular action required on reception black spots in the region.