Grants bridge digital divide in South-West

  • $1.5 million for projects in the next tranche of Digital Farm grants announced for parts of South-West
  • Grants will fill broadband service gaps in regional WA, essential for modern day business operations

The McGowan Government is set to deliver high-speed broadband to residents and businesses in parts of the South-West, Wheatbelt and Peel regions that are not adequately covered by the National Broadband Network.

The projects are from the first round of the State’s Digital Farm grants program, which aims to help bridge the ‘digital divide’ in regional Western Australia.

The State has provided $1.5 million in matching funding for commercial service providers to extend broadband access to areas outside the current or planned NBN fixed wireless and fixed line footprint.

The commitment will provide a fast, reliable, cost-effective broadband service, essential for modern business operation, to more than 100 agricultural enterprises near Myalup, Wagerup, Williams, Boddington, Capel and Busselton across a total of 3,000 square kilometres.

The service will add to an earlier announcement of grants to extend broadband services to more than 1,100 enterprises in the North Midlands and Great Southern; and the districts of Chapman Valley, Mount Barker, Wickepin and Goodlands.

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