Springborg calls on Sensis to continue phone book deliveries

SOUTHERN Downs MP Lawrence Springborg is calling on phone book distributor Sensis to reconsider plans to cancel automatic delivery to Queensland households.

Mr Springborg said many households, especially in rural and remote parts of Queensland, still relied on the books for accurate contact information.

"Many Queenslanders believe there is still a place for the printed phone books and that they are critical in rural and remote communities," he said.

"There are still many parts of Queensland with poor internet coverage, so for Queenslanders to be expected to rely on an app or search engine just won't work.

"The bottom line is the White and Yellow Pages are easier and more accurate to read but rural and regional Queenslanders now miss out on the most reliable source of contact information available to them."

Mr Springborg said he was also concerned local charities, who received funds for distributing the phone books, would miss out.

"Local Scouts, Rotary and Lions Clubs will now have to make up for the much-needed funds they will lose through Sensis's cancellation of deliveries," he said.

"I call on Sensis to reconsider its position so rural and regional Queenslanders still have reliable access to this information.

"Sensis should at the very least have informed Queenslanders of these changes."

Queenslanders wishing to order a phone book, free of charge, can do so by phoning Sensis on 1800 810 211.



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