Gunnedah Shire residents and businesses will soon have improved access to high-speed broadband, with a Gunnedah project being funded through the Federal Government’s Regional Connectivity Program (RCP).
Facilitated by Gunnedah Shire Council, the project will be delivered by Field Solutions Group (FSG), which secured more than $3.9 million in Commonwealth funding to improve broadband coverage across Gunnedah and surrounding villages.
FSG will provide high-speed broadband through a fixed wireless network, comprising of 10 greenfield 45 metre towers and two co-locations.
Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Cr Jamie Chaffey said improved digital connectivity will be game changing for both residents and industry.
“Improvements to digital connectivity infrastructure will have a significant economic, social and safety benefits. It will allow for greater efficiencies to businesses as well as improved access to telehealth and online education,” Cr Chaffey said.
“Currently, connectivity is the main factor limiting the adoption of technology in agriculture, so these upgrades will open doors for primary producers.
“We will also see a boost to our local economy during the build of project through leveraging of local resources and providers.
“I’m looking forward to seeing this project progress and generate diverse opportunities across our Shire. I thank our federal member for the funding to get this project off the ground and FSG for delivering the technology.”
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the RCP is part of the Coalition Government’s ongoing commitment to bring the digital economy to the regions, complementing the National Broadband Network and the Mobile Black Spot Program.
“The Regional Connectivity Program is providing targeted upgrades to connectivity in regional areas that need it the most, ensuring that more Australians can access high-speed, reliable broadband and mobile services,” Mr Coulton said.
“I’m thrilled that residents and businesses in Gunnedah will enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved digital connectivity brings.
“The FSG project will provide the people of Gunnedah and surrounds with access to improved broadband services and data, delivering fast, affordable and reliable connectivity.
“This will help keep our businesses connected, our families stay in touch and mean we can better access health, education and online services on the go.”
Fields Solutions Group CEO Andrew Roberts said he was thrilled to have received funding under the RCP to deliver true broadband solutions for Gunnedah Shire.
“Our community approach to building telecommunications infrastructure is proven to deliver viable and cost-effective connectivity,” Mr Roberts said.
“We look forward to commencing design and construction activities so residents and business within Gunnedah Shire can benefit from enhanced broadband connectivity delivering services to the region.”