An injection of $130.4 million in the federal Budget will improve connectivity in regional, rural, and remote communities, further driving Australia’s regionally led recovery from the COVID-19 recession.
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said improving connectivity was an important part of Australia’s COVID recovery.
“The pandemic has shown many Australians the value of regions like Wannon, both as economic powerhouses and as desirable destinations to live, work, and raise a family,” Mr Tehan said.
“The Government recognises regional communities need improvements to their connectivity in order to take advantage of this regional migration.”
“RCP has proved popular in Wannon with three projects worth over $ 3 million already announced under Round 1,” Mr Tehan said.
“Projects like Gazette, Halls Gap and Timboon will make a big difference in Wannon and I look forward to seeing more communities benefit from this visionary program thanks to the Government’s extra investment.”
Regional Communications Minister, Mark Coulton said the Government’s commitment to improving connectivity across regional Australia is reaping rewards for the whole nation.
“We have seen how improving digital connectivity in the bush drives economic growth for the nation and by investing a further $130 million in the Regional Connectivity Program, the Government is doubling-down on the success of existing measures,” Mr Coulton said.
Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack said the investment, which forms an important element of the Government’s Regional Budget Package, highlights how important the regions are to all Australians.
“With more Australians recognising the benefits of a regional life, the Government continues to make significant investments in mobile and broadband infrastructure to support this trend,” Mr McCormack said.
The Budget 2021-22 investment in RCP brings the Government’s commitments to improve digital connectivity infrastructure in regional, rural, and remote Australia to more than $600 million.
Further details will be published in the 2021-22 Budget documents.