Improved digital connectivity for Carbunup River
People living near Carbunup River, south of Busselton can now look forward to new and improved telecommunications services thanks to the Government’s Regional Connectivity Program (the RCP).
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, Regional Communications Minister, Mark Coulton and Nola Marino MP Member for Forrest today announced Carbunup River will benefit from new and improved digital connectivity under the program.
“Residents and businesses in this local area will enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved digital connectivity brings,” Ms Marino said.
“The project will upgrade the capacity of the existing mobile base station at Carbunup River, near Busselton. The upgrade will provide improved mobile connectivity to support the digital needs of residents and local small businesses, including tourist retreats, retail, horse boarding and riding facilities and vineyards. Improved connectivity will also provide increased public safety coverage along the Bussell Highway and in a high-risk bushfire region.
“The community has long been campaigning for better connectivity in this area, and as the local member and Assistant Minister for Regional Development it’s great to be able to deliver.
“These projects will provide people in regional Australia access to improved broadband services and data delivering fast, affordable and reliable connectivity. This will help keep our businesses connected, our families stay in touch and mean we can better access telehealth and online services.”
Federal Regional Communications Minister Mark Coulton said the Government was listening to the needs of regional communities and businesses and was pleased to see the RCP being used to support the design and delivery place-based solutions which solved rural connectivity issues.
“This next tranche of projects under the Regional Connectivity Program will make a difference on the ground for local communities,” Minister Coulton said.
The Federal Government is contributing a total of $117.4 million (GST inclusive) to the first round of the RCP, generating total new investment of more than $232 million (GST inclusive) through co-contributions from funding recipients, state and territory governments and other third parties, such as local governments, regional businesses and community development organisations.
In addition, the Government has made further funding of $105.8 million available for a second round of the program and will call for applications later this year, following consultation of program guidelines.
The delivery of successful projects under the Program will begin shortly with most projects to be completed by June 2022.
More information about the RCP is available at: https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/internet/regional-connectivity-program