Better connectivity for 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.
- 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.
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):
|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
|28 Oct||Moree||5-7pm||Moree Services Club|
|29 Oct||Boomi||3-5pm||Boomi Memorial Hall|
|31 Oct||Cullen Bullen||5-7pm||Cullen Bullen
|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
|11 Nov||Exeter||5-7pm||Exeter Village Hall|
|28 Nov^||Ulladulla||5-7pm||Dunn Lewis Centre|
|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.