A NEW online survey is seeking views on how Australians living in regional, rural or remote areas access news as part of a federal parliamentary inquiry into Australia’s regional newspapers.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts chair Dr Anne Webster said the closure of many local news outlets in the past decade had been concerning.

“Over the past ten years news outlets in rural, regional and remote communities have closed their doors which has resulted in a substantial reduction of articles covering local issues,” she said.

“It is important that we listen to our communities about what’s important to them.

“This survey provides an opportunity for these communities to express their views on whether the loss of their regional voice has directly affected them.

“I encourage anyone who lives in Australia’s regional, rural or remote areas to participate in the online survey.”

The survey is open until February 11 and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WPVW256.

The committee will also accept written submissions to the inquiry until January 28.

Information about the committee can be found at www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Communications/Regionalnewspapers.