Applications for the Australian Government’s $53 million Regional Connectivity Program are now open.


Member for Barker Tony Pasin is encouraging regional development organisations, telecommunications providers, as well as government organisations in Barker to collaborate on projects and apply for funding.


The Program will provide targeted investment in local telco infrastructure projects to maximise economic and social opportunities in regional and remote communities across the country.


“We are taking a ‘place‑based’ approach to investment through the program because we recognise that regions have distinct digital needs and in some cases require customised solutions to complement existing infrastructure,” Mr Pasin said.


Examples of projects that could be funded under the program include upgrades to mobile infrastructure to improve community access to telehealth, remote education and retail internet and phone services, or the development of enterprise-grade broadband networks to support local agricultural, manufacturing and tourism businesses to increase their online presence.


“Collaboration is an excellent method to give an application real ‘bite’. We are looking for projects that will provide the most profound benefit to local communities and by joining forces, I’m confident we will see many great solutions come from the regions to improve services in the regions,” Mr Pasin said.


“I encourage applicants to use the Program Noticeboard to share ideas and work together to develop proposals that will improve connectivity for Barker and drive benefits for our community,” Mr Pasin said.


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