Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    $23 million boost for regional connectivity

    28/04/2021 1:55 PM
    • Almost $23 million to be invested towards digital connectivity and telecommunications in regional WA
    • McGowan Government allocates $5.88 million towards Commonwealth Regional Connectivity Program, securing $17.1 million co-investment from Federal Government
    • Boost to mobile and broadband services for 16 projects across regional, rural and remote WA

    Connectivity and telecommunications in regional WA will receive a $23 million boost under a joint investment from the McGowan Government and the Commonwealth Government.


    The McGowan Government will contribute $5.88 million to projects under the Commonwealth's Regional Connectivity Program to help 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 McGowan Government has committed almost $50 million to regional digital connectivity projects since 2017, including the highly successful $13.2 million Digital Farm Grants program.


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "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."


    Minister's office - 6552 6200


    Regional Connectivity Program - Successful WA Projects


    ApplicantProject nameTechnology typeLocationState contributionCommonwealth contribution
    Australian Private Networks Pty LtdJigalong Community Wi-Fi and Telephone ServiceSatellite BroadbandJigalong$606,790$606,790
    Australian Private Networks Pty LtdKalumburu Community Wi-Fi and Telephone ServiceSatellite BroadbandKalumburu$664,000$664,000
    Comscentre WA Pty LtdRadio Access Network: Shire of Halls CreekFixed Wireless BroadbandHalls Creek Shire$948,750$1,897,500
    CRISP Wireless Pty LtdCentral Wheatbelt Connectivity BackhaulFixed Wireless BroadbandCentral Wheatbelt-$3,773,000
    Field Solutions GroupR.A.N. (Regional Australia Network): Wireless Wheatbelt Project—Central MidlandsFixed Wireless BroadbandCentral Midlands-$5,299,784
    Pivotel Mobile Pty LtdFrankland River 4G NetworkMobile Voice & DataCranbrook Shire$147,367$294,733
    Pivotel Mobile Pty LtdSouth Stirling 4G NetworkMobile Voice & DataAlbany$58,988$117,976
    Shire of Halls CreekHalls Creek Satellite to Fibre to the Premise Technology ChangeFibre BroadbandHalls Creek$1,775,341$1,775,341
    TelstraBidyadangaMobile Voice & DataLagrange$95,010$151,313
    TelstraCaigunaMobile Voice & DataCaiguna$284,256$452,704
    TelstraCave Point LighthouseMobile Voice & DataTorndirrup$298,188$474,892
    TelstraCocklebiddyMobile Voice & DataCocklebiddy$292,788$466,292
    TelstraCondingupMobile Voice & DataCondingup$90,585$144,265
    TelstraCoral BayMobile Voice & DataCoral Bay$323,917$515,868
    TelstraCygnet BayMobile Voice & DataCygnet Bay$47,709$75,981
    TelstraGreenbushes-BoyupMobile Voice & DataCatterick$244,026$388,634