CONSTITUENTS in the Parkes electorate are being encouraged to return their Parkes electorate telecommunications survey in the coming weeks so results can be compiled and released ahead of Parliament resuming in mid-August.
The Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton sent the survey out in May and gave every household across the electorate the opportunity to have its say on telecommunications services in its local area.
The survey was also aimed at providing Mr Coulton with a better understanding of the telecommunications problems that are most prevalent in the electorate.
“So far the results have not been surprising. The telecommunications issue that has been the most consistently raised has been mobile phone coverage,” Mr Coulton said.
“Other telecommunications issues that have been raised are the costs of internet plans, frustration with customer service call centres and concerns about the cost of the National Broadband Network and that people in this electorate will not be able to receive the benefits of the NBN because of where they live. Also a large percentage of people support public payphones in their communities.”
“I also asked residents what other issues are concerning people in the electorate and the overwhelming response has been the state of the economy and the cost of living. Many other comments are based around the need for an early election and for politicians to be better behaved.
“On a local level roads and infrastructure have been a common theme in the returned surveys.
“Surveys are one of the most effective ways for me to keep up to date on the issues that are important to constituents in my electorate,” Mr Coulton said.
Mr Coulton has requested residents in the Parkes Electorate to return their surveys by the end of July and he will then take the results to Parliament in August.