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05 June 2001
10/2001
Commemorative Issue

Outback Services

Australia
Communication, transportation, health and education. These basic services are easy to take for granted, unless you live in outback Australia.

In the remote reaches of Australia

School of the Air  

School of the Air

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On 8 June 2001, one of the handful of institutions instantly associated with Australia, the School of the Air, will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

From its early days offering three sessions per week, the school

Postal services  

Postal services

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Delivering postal services to outback Australia is a challenging task, thanks in no small part to our geography and widely dispersed population. Every weekday some 19 million mail articles wheel or wing their way across the continent, funnelled through a network of mail and parcel centres. More than a quarter of that load is to or from the scattered stations, rural communities and offshore islands that make up outback Australia.

Despite telephones and more recent forms of electronic communication, mail services remain crucial to remote communities. The size of the rural mailbox pictured on the stamp is an indicator of the importance of mail services to outback Australians. It

Royal Flying Doctor Service  

Royal Flying Doctor Service

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The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) is a not-for-profit charitable service providing aeromedical emergency and primary health care services to people who live, work and travel in regional and remote Australia. The plane and ambulance pictured on the stamp are vital to the delivery of these services.

Established in 1928, the RFDS developed on a national basis in the 1930s. It was the first comprehensive aerial medical organisation in the world and remains unique for the range of primary health care and emergency services it provides. The RFDS was founded by Reverend John Flynn of the Australian Inland Mission, the

Telecommunications  

Telecommunications

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Today a mix of optical fibre, copper, radio and satellite systems deliver services to rural and remote Australia. Yet access to a fixed home telephone remains the single most important telecommunications service to people who live in remote areas.

The stamp shows a towering structure rising from the vast landscape of outback Australia. These guyed masts, commonly reaching 100 metres above the surrounding terrain, are vital to the technology that links people who live and work throughout remote Australia.

The towers, and the microwave radio antenna mounted on them, were first installed to provide automatic telephone services in the mid-1980s. Many have since been upgraded to meet the growing demand for fax and internet services for homes, schools and businesses.

Transport  

Transport

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The ability to move people and goods between locations is fundamental to an advanced economy. Like most aspects of life, transport underwent tremendous change during the century just past. Today social and commercial needs are met by a mix of railways, roads, airports and ports that link remote Australia with its more populated commercial centres.

Road trains, such as the one shown on the stamp are a familiar sight in rural Australia. It represents one of about a half million heavy transport vehicles that travel the Australian road network. The network carries 65% of Australia

Technical Information

Issue date ..........................5 June 2001
Denomination ....................Five x 45c
Designer ............................Lynda Warner, Hobart
Printing process ..................Lithography
Stamp size..........................37.5 x 26 mm
Perforations ......................13.86 x 14.6
Printer all ..........................SNP Ausprint
Paper, gummed .................. Tullis Russell
Paper, self-adhesive, bookletJAC B100
Paper, self-adhesive, roll......JAC B90
Sheet layout ......................Modules of 50, two panes of 25, with gutter
National postmark ..............Alice Springs NT 0870
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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