Chris Trevor and Leah Hall, committee member of the Queensland State Policy Group for National Seniors Australia in front of her digital TV set-top box.
Chris Trevor and Leah Hall, committee member of the Queensland State Policy Group for National Seniors Australia in front of her digital TV set-top box. SUBMITTED

Govt provides free set-top boxes

RESIDENTS are on the digital countdown with the government providing and installing free set-top boxes so pensioners in the area can make the switch to digital television.

Federal Member for Flynn Chris Trevor said he was pleased the government was assisting pensioners and carers with the change.

“Flynn residents will be making the switch to digital TV in the second half of 2011 so it is important that we start making preparations soon,” Mr Trevor said.

“Many residents are telling me that they are already enjoying digital TV, but for some in our community this switch may seem like a rather daunting task and that is why the Rudd Labor Government will offer assistance through the Household Assistance Scheme.”

Local households will be eligible for a free set-top box if at least one resident is receiving a maximum rate age pension, disability support pension, carer payment, DVA service pension or DVA income support supplement.

Eligible households will be sent a letter prior to the commencement of digital TV with further information.

“Blackspots are a major problem in Flynn and people have been denied for years the basic right to watch television,” Mr Trevor said.

“This satellite service is great news for footy fans like me, who will be guaranteed to be able to watch Friday night football every week no matter where they are in Flynn.”

Further information on switching to digital television is available by telephoning 1800 201013 or at www.digitalready.gov.au.



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