CWA of NSW supports Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia (BIRRR)

ComputerCWA of NSW has donated $5000 to Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia’s crowd funding campaign.

“We decided to support BIRRR as we observed them making some great progress on lobbying for better internet access.” CWA of NSW CEO, Danica Leys said. “We believe that what BIRRR are doing has a direct and positive impact for our members and the wider rural community. One of our key priority areas is in relation to the connectivity issue also.”

The BIRRR Facebook group was created in October 2014 by Kylie Stretton and Kristy Sparrow- both from rural areas in Queensland - who both noticed unexplained excessive usage on their mobile broadband data. They then took to Twitter with the hashtag #fixbushinternet and #DataDrought. BIRRR is run entirely by volunteers who live the data drought on a daily basis and lead busy lives, including full time jobs and local community involvement.

As the BIRRR group membership grew, they encountered increasing out-of-pocket expenses previously absorbed by the volunteer admin team and started a crowd funding campaign to cover these costs.

Country Women’s Association of NSW has been a long-time supporter of better internet for rural, regional and remote areas, knowing how important it is for these communities.

“The CWA is passionate about getting better internet for the bush as it can have such a positive impact on people’s lives and overcome the tyrannies of distance. Educational outcomes are improved, health services can be streamlined and business can flourish.” Danica said.


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