Regional connectivity and telecommunications in Western Australia is set to receive $23 million in funding under a joint investment from the State and Federal Governments as part of the Commonwealth’s Regional Connectivity Program.
The Western Australian Government is set to contribute $5.88 million in funding to support projects that will bring mobile and broadband infrastructure to some of Western Australia’s most under-served areas. The State’s investment has attracted co-funding of $17.1 million from the Commonwealth and additional funding from project applicants and third party contributors.
The Regional Connectivity Program is investing in telecommunications infrastructure that provides economic opportunities and improves participation in the digital economy for regional communities and businesses.
Overall, Western Australia has secured nearly 19 per cent of the total Commonwealth funding awarded nationally, with the State Government funding 14 projects in Condingup, Catterick, Torndirrup, Bidyadanga, Cygnet Bay, Caiguna, Cocklebiddy, Coral Bay, South Stirling, Frankland River, Jigalong, Kalumburu and Halls Creek.
The type of technology solutions vary across locations, ranging from mobile voice and data services to the installation of satellite, fibre and fixed wireless broadband.
The State Government has committed almost $50 million to regional digital connectivity projects since 2017, including the $13.2 million Digital Farm Grants program.
Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, said, “Strengthening our regional telecommunications is a priority for the McGowan Government, to support people living and working in our regions.
“Our strong investment into regional connectivity has ensured we have secured our fair share of Commonwealth funding through this program.
“Mobile and broadband connectivity is essential to reduce the communications gaps for our regional businesses and to help build sustainable and vibrant regional communities.”
You can find out more about the successful WA projects here.