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Better connectivity for regional NSW

Published 11th October, 2019

The NSW Government has committed $400 million to bring a faster and more reliable digital network to regional NSW. 

The Regional Digital Connectivity program will ensure families and businesses across regional NSW have better access to enjoy mobile, internet and digital services.

This major turning point for connectivity confirms the NSW Government’s commitment to deliver transformative infrastructure under the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund. 

The program is focused on the following three priority areas.

Mobile Coverage

  • To eliminate mobile black spots where people live and work.
  • Investigate new and emerging technologies to future-proof mobile coverage in regional NSW.

Internet and data

  • Bring metro-level data speeds and connectivity to regional NSW.
  • Invest in ‘backbone’ digital infrastructure including data centres to support regional communities and businesses.

Farm and water

  • Increase coverage of the connectivity needed for agribusinesses to use agricultural technologies (AgTech).
  • Support AgTech uptake to improve competitiveness, productivity and water management.

First steps

The NSW Government is currently conducting a range of scoping studies with investigations under way in Dubbo and Wagga Wagga as potential locations for regional data hubs to increase the capacity, speed and accessibility for regional internet services.

The $400 million Regional Digital Connectivity program is in addition to the existing Connecting Country Communities Fund that has helped deliver over 150 new mobile towers in NSW since 2015.

Community consultation and survey launch

To ensure that regional communities have a voice, a comprehensive survey has been launched in conjunction with a series of community consultation events across regional NSW.

The face-to-face events will be held in up to 20 locations with known connectivity issues, to better understand the different connectivity issues experienced.

The feedback received from the survey and community consultation events will help ensure delivery of a solution that will have a lasting impact for regional NSW.

Details of the face-to-face consultations are as follows (details will be updated when confirmed):

 Date Destination Time    Venue details 
21 Oct Pooncarie 5-7pm Pooncarie Hall
22 Oct Menindee 5-7pm Menindee Community Hall
22 Oct Deniliquin 5-7pm Deniliquin RSL
23 Oct Booligal 5-7pm Booligal Memorial Hall
24 Oct Tibooburra 5-7pm Albert Hall 
28 Oct Booral 5-7pm Booral Soldiers
Memorial Hall
28 Oct Moree 5-7pm Moree Services Club
29 Oct Boomi 3-5pm Boomi Memorial Hall
31 Oct Cullen Bullen 5-7pm Cullen Bullen
Progress Hall
1 Nov Grong Grong 2.30 - 4.30pm Grong Grong Commemoration Hall
4 Nov Crookwell 5-7pm Crookwell RSL
5 Nov Coonamble 5-7pm Coonamble Bowling
Club Function Room
5 Nov Grenfell 5-7pm Grenfell Bowling Club
6 Nov Gunnedah 5-7pm Bicentennial Creative
Arts Gallery (Studio Room)
7 Nov Batlow 5-7pm Batlow Bowling Club
11 Nov Eden 5-7pm Eden RSL
Memorial Hall
11 Nov Exeter 5-7pm Exeter Village Hall

19 Nov


Louth
5-7pm Shindy’s Inn
27 Nov^

Muswellbrook  5-7pm Muswellbrook Library
28 Nov^ Ulladulla 5-7pm Dunn Lewis Centre
TBD*  Upper Coopers
Creek
5-7pm Repentance Creek Community Hall 

*Upper Cooper’s Creek postponed due to fire emergency.
^Dates and times subject to change. 

Have your say

Share your regional connectivity experience by completing an online survey. The survey is open for all residents and visitors to regional NSW.

Can’t complete the survey online?

Hard copy surveys are available at Service NSW centres and councils near the above locations. You can also contact us for a copy by emailing: [email protected]

Published 11th October, 2019
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