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November 1, 2012

Progress has been made in improving digital television reception for Boolarra and district residents according to Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester.

Mr Chester has been engaged with the Communications Minister’s office to try and resolve the issue and also presented a petition to Federal Parliament on behalf of residents who were concerned by ongoing problems with their television reception.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has identified that there is an intermittent transport stream which has resulted in interruption to the signal received by householders in the region.

Mr Chester said that a request to rectify a problem with the continuity of signal has been made by the Communications Minister.

“Boolarra and surrounding residents have been concerned by ongoing issues with their digital television reception for some time,” Mr Chester said.

“In addition to the petition which was signed by almost 100 local residents, there has been an active community campaign to get the issue resolved.

“The Minister’s office has worked hard to help resolve the situation and I’ve been advised that they have requested that the problem to be rectified as a matter of urgency.

“While it will be welcome news, it has taken time and I know members of the Boolarra and district community have been frustrated by the drawn-out process.

“I understand that the problem will be resolved promptly to provide uninterrupted viewing for local residents as soon as possible.”

Mr Chester said the problem should hopefully be resolved within the next few weeks.

He is also following up concerns which have been raised by Churchill and Yinnar residents, including a petition signed by more than 50 residents from the Churchill district.

Mr Chester said if any local residents experience ongoing interruptions to their digital television reception they should contact his Sale office on 1300 131 785.

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