Two major challenges for regional Australians are loss of mobility through air route closures and loss of local news coverage. Although these trends were apparent before the onset of COVID-19, the pandemic has dramatically escalated the rate at which these essential services disappear with potentially disastrous consequences for regional Australians.

Fewer transport links and increased travel costs could see existing geographic inequalities exacerbated. With regional newspapers, radio and television stations closing we have already seen the loss of regional voices and media representation in our news.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear where our traditional business models are broken. Communities need new solutions.

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17 August 2020

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