Applications for the Australian Government’s Regional Connectivity Program are now open.
The Program provides targeted investment in local telecommunications infrastructure projects to maximise economic and social opportunities in regional, rural, and remote communities across the country.
The Program complements the National Broadband Network rollout which is delivering fast, affordable broadband to all Australians, and the Mobile Black Spot Program, which is switching on reliable mobile coverage in rural and remote areas.
Examples of projects that could be funded under the Program include upgrades to mobile infrastructure to improve community access to telehealth, remote education and retail internet and phone services, or the development of enterprise-grade broadband networks to support local agricultural, manufacturing and tourism businesses to engage more competitively online.
The Project Noticeboard provides a portal for collaboration where applicants can find and register potential projects, linking regional communities and industry providers. There are number of projects that are already proposed. Perhaps Junee based organisations can partner with one or more of these — OR Junee, especially the Village Halls, could potentially develop our own project(s).
Some of the currently listed projects provide for
- public Wi-Fi across across a town or region
- connection to CCTV cameras
- gathering of tourism information
- upgrading local telecommunications from Satellite to Fixed Wireless
- improved telephony services and secured data communications in current blackspots
“Collaboration is an excellent method to give an application real ‘bite’. We are looking for projects that will provide the most profound benefit to local communities and by joining forces, I’m confident we will see many great solutions come from the bush to improve services in the bush,” Minister for Regional Communications, Mark Coulton, said.
Applications close October 20, 2020.