- Open call to telecommunications industry to develop innovative solutions for large-scale broadband project in the grainbelt
- Part of the McGowan Government's $22 million Agricultural Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund, to boost productivity in the agricultural sector
The McGowan Government is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) to develop proposals to vastly improve telecommunications in the agricultural region, and provide a true enterprise-grade broadband service in the bush.
The Grainbelt Digital Enhancement project, an initiative under the $22 million Agricultural Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund, will focus on large-scale broadband solutions to deliver high-speed internet across the grainbelt.
The EOI process will identify suitably capable organisations to work with the State Government to deliver consistent, high capacity broadband services to all recipients throughout the grainbelt.
The first stage will involve identifying innovative technical and commercial solutions to the current broadband service issues within the region, and determining the level of service that can be delivered.
Up to three proponents will be supported to progress through to stage two to develop proposals and identify future options for co-investment by the State Government.
For more information, visit http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/digitalenhancement
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Western Australia's agricultural industry requires access to fast, affordable and reliable digital infrastructure to remain globally competitive.
"Existing telecommunications infrastructure and the planned NBN rollout will not meet the connectivity requirements for Western Australian businesses in our regions.
"Our Digital Farm program was focused on 'last-mile' solutions, delivering high-speed broadband right to the farm.
"Now we are seeking innovative solutions that provide the highest ubiquitous bandwidth, greatest coverage and the best outcome for regional customers right across the grainbelt.
"The McGowan Government is playing a vital role in closing connectivity gaps in the bush and helping regional WA to grow."
Minister's office - 6552 6200