Communities within the Nicholls electorate are set to receive a game changing investment in their telecommunications services thanks to Federal Government funding of almost $5 million via the Regional Connectivity Program.

Nationally, the $90 million program will deliver 81 place-based solutions to digital connectivity issues through a range of mobile and broadband services.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the Murchison community will receive Federal Government funding of $2.7 million that will result in an upgrade of NBN access technology from fixed wireless to NBN fibre to the premises.

To be delivered by NBN Co, this will result in a significant connectivity improvement in a town that boasts local orchard, vineyard, and dairy farm activities, as well as a primary school and other services.

Similarly, Rushworth will receive Federal Government funding of $1.8 million that will result in an upgrade of NBN access technology from fixed wireless to NBN fibre to the premises.

“I’m thrilled that residents and businesses in Murchison and Rushworth will enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved digital connectivity brings,” Mr Drum said.

“These projects will provide residents and business owners in those communities with 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 health, education and online services on the go.”

The Kobyboyn community, east of Seymour, will receive Federal Government funding of $346,500 for a 4G macro cell base station, which will support projected community growth in the region and new business development in the north of the Mitchell Shire.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said that the Regional Connectivity Program is part of the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to bring the digital economy to the regions, complementing the National Broadband Network and the Mobile Black Spot Program.

“The Regional Connectivity Program is providing targeted upgrades to connectivity in regional areas that need it the most, ensuring that more Australians can access high-speed, reliable broadband and mobile services,” Mr Fletcher said.

Minister for Regional Communications, Mark Coulton, said the Federal Government is listening to the digital needs of regional communities and businesses, and is using the Regional Connectivity Program to deliver place-based solutions that solve rural connectivity issues.

“The Federal Government has taken a collaborative approach in delivering the Regional Connectivity Program and has engaged with the telecommunications industry and regional communities to make sure the funded projects are tailored to the needs and priorities of each region and are supported by the local community,” Mr Coulton said.

The Federal Government is contributing $90.3 million to the Regional Connectivity Program, generating total new investment of more than $180 million through co-contributions from funding recipients, state and territory governments, and other third parties, such as local governments, regional businesses, and community development organisations.

The program is a key component of the Federal Government’s response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review, and the delivery of successful projects under the program will begin in the coming weeks with projects expected to be completed by mid-next year.

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