FLYING VISIT: Soloman Trujillo, the new Telstra chief executive officer, will visit Lis- more and Ballina next week.
FLYING VISIT: Soloman Trujillo, the new Telstra chief executive officer, will visit Lis- more and Ballina next week.

New Telstra boss to visit North Coast

By NERIDA BLOK and AAP

nblok@northernstar.com.au

NEW Telstra chief executive officer, Solomon Trujillo, will visit Lismore and Ballina next week.

It will be the first visit to regional Australia for Mr Trujillo, who replaced former CEO Ziggy Switkowski on July 1 this year. Mr Trujillo will join the Telstra Country Wide Advisory Board which will visit Lismore on Tuesday and Ballina on Wednesday.

The board will discuss local telecommunication issues with respective business and community stakeholders.

Telstra Country Wide Advisory Board is a division of Telstra set up to advise Telstra Country Wide management on rural and regional issues.

In Lismore, Mr Trujillo will also meet with staff from Telstra Country Wide's Far North Coast team. Coinciding with Mr Trujillo's Northern Rivers tour is a two-day visit from 16 Federal National Party representatives, including leader Mark Vaile.

A Telstra spokesman said Mr Trujillo would not meet with the National Party delegation. However the National Party will meet with Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils (NOROC) on Tuesday.

NOROC president Ernie Bennett, said they would urge the National Party 'not to give the green light to a sale of Telstra'.

"Our message to the Nationals is don't sell Telstra ? telecommunications in regional Australia are not up to scratch," he said.

Cr Bennett said he wanted the Nationals to insist on a new multi-billion dollar regional development fund to be created as any condition on the sale of Telstra. Mr Trijillo will visit a grazing property in Blackall, central Queensland, before concluding in Brisbane with a meeting with Queensland prem- ier Peter Beattie.

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