MEMBERS STATEMENT - IMPARJA
I rise today to bring to the Houses attention a matter that is vitally important to many thousands of Australians.
Imparja is allegedly, a free to air satellite television service, one of a number of providers that make up the Remote Area Broadcast Service or RABS.
Imparja is predominantly beamed over Northern Australia and part of its service is in support of the domestic tourism industry.
It is also relied upon by travellers who do not have access to the usual UHF/VHF signals.
With the current global economic downturn, our domestic tourism industry is being seen as a vital economic component that can help to keep the wolves at bay.
The domestic tourism industry, in that part of Australia are the road tourists.
Imparja through its satellite service also provided a service for those tens of thousands of Australians that travel the length and breadth of Australia.
They are often referred to as the grey nomads, but more and more younger people and their families are opting to take touring holidays in Australia.
Families are the future for the industry. They are also the biggest camping group.
This is only good news for an economy under threat.
On the 29th of September, 2008- Imparja decided to no longer provide access to its satellite service to those viewers located outside the normal UHF/VHF reception areas.
This decision means that the road tourists who relied on bulletins and information through that medium, do not have an alternative product.
Joanna and the Road Testing road tourism Jayco
Jim (Balranald Caravan Park) and Joanna