April 26, 2021

People living and working in Gazette, Halls Gap and Timboon can now look forward to new and improved telecommunications services thanks to the Morrison 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 Wannon, Dan Tehan today announced the details of projects across Wannon.

“I’m thrilled that residents and businesses in Gazette, Halls Gap and Timboon will enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved digital connectivity bring,” Mr Tehan said.

“The projects in Gazette, Halls Gap and Timboon will provide people 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.”

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.

GazetteGreenfield 4G macrocell base station in the Southern Grampians community of Gazette will provide new and improved coverage and capacity for the town and the surrounding region including improved IoT coverage for local grazing properties.
Halls Gap EastGreenfield 4G macrocell base station on the east edge of the town of Halls Gap. Improved connectivity will support several tourist businesses, including Halls Gap Hotel, multiple accommodation venues and the Halls Gap Zoo, enabling reliable EFTPOS, online booking, and marketing services
TimboonUpgrade of NBN access technology in the town of Timboon from Fixed Wireless to Fibre to the Premises. This provides a significant connectivity uplift to a regional community with growth opportunities in accommodation and tourism, as well as supporting the operations of existing dairying, forestry, and lime production industries.
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