In a move to preserve the character of rural areas, the federal government’s satellite regulatory body has limited the number of roads available to satnav systems. From 1 April 2020, such systems will no longer generate routes via roads marked as being for local use only.
Rural residents have welcomed the move, as the hidden gems of the hinterland will be henceforth undiscoverable to the internet generation – leaving locals to enjoy the character of the region in peace. One resident told Echonetdaily, ‘It’s a great idea. There will be fewer potholes, and not so many people driving along country lanes like city idiots’.