Extra time for students to enter contest to name our icebreaker

Still time: Lyne MP David Gillespie encourages teachers to use the Name our Icebreaker contest  to educate students about Australia’s Antarctic history.
Still time: Lyne MP David Gillespie encourages teachers to use the Name our Icebreaker contest to educate students about Australia’s Antarctic history.

The Name our Icebreaker competition, which gives local students the chance to win a trip to Antarctica, has been extended by four weeks until Friday, July 7, to allow more students the opportunity to enter.

Up to 12 students will fly to Antarctica for a day as the first children to set foot on the continent under the Australian Antarctic Division program.

The extension of the competition will give teachers the time to work through the curriculum-aligned modules about the icebreaker. 

I encourage local teachers to use the competition to educate students about Australia’s long involvement with Antarctica.

The Name our Icebreaker competition has two categories: primary (years 5 and 6) and secondary (years 7 and 8). Classes can enter their suggested name in a written or video format. 

More information is on the Australian Antarctic Division website https://classroom.antarctica.gov.au/.

NBN

A new program will give consumers greater information on the speeds and experience they can expect from fixed-line broadband services delivered over the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The Broadband Performance Monitoring and Reporting (BPMR) program, to be implemented by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), will source performance data from 4,000 volunteer customers of retail service providers across the country.

The program will provide consumers with clear and independent information of the actual speeds being delivered by various retailers.

Consumers will therefore be better placed to choose a plan that is right for them.

It will also encourage retailers to compete on the quality of their broadband plans.

The ACCC will shortly be recruiting householders using the NBN fixed-line network to take part in the program. More information about how to sign up will be available on the ACCC website shortly.