THE HON MICHELLE LANDRY MP
Member for Capricornia
Assistant Minister for Northern Australia
Assistant Minister for Children and Families
THE HON PAUL FLETCHER MP
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts
THE HON MARK COULTON MP
Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government
People living and working in Isaac LGA can now look forward to new and improved telecommunications services thanks to the Morrison McCormack Government’s Regional Connectivity Program (RCP).
The $90 million program is delivering 81 place-based solutions to digital connectivity issues in the regions through a range of mobile and broadband services.
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry today announced the details of the project in Isaac, which will boost connectivity by Fixed wireless network comprising four new 45m towers and two co-locations in the Isaac LGA. Improved connectivity will support agricultural productivity by enabling the uptake of Agtech and decision agriculture in a significant livestock and crop growing region, including to a new Signature Beef processing plant, which will create new jobs in the region.
“I’m thrilled that residents and businesses in Isaac will enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved digital connectivity brings,” Ms Landry said.
“This project in Isaac will provide people in that community with access to improved broadband services and data, delivering fast, affordable and reliable connectivity. It is funding of nearly $1.5 million under the scheme.
“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.”
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said that the RCP is part of the Coalition 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,” Minister Fletcher said.
Federal Regional Communications Minister, Mark Coulton said the Government is listening to the digital needs of regional communities and businesses and has used the RCP to design and deliver place-based solutions that solve rural connectivity issues.
“The Government has taken a collaborative approach in delivering the RCP 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,” Minister Coulton said.
The Federal Government is contributing $90.3 million to the RCP, 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 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 June 2022. More detail on individual projects will be announced over coming weeks.