Connecting Country Communities Fund Update

Borrodell Winery, Orange

Borrodell Winery, OrangeResidents on the Central West are being asked to complete a questionnaire and share their experiences on mobile coverage or internet/digital connectivity for the NSW Governments Connecting Country Communities Fund by the 18th August 2018. 

The $50 million Connecting Country Communities Fund incorporates the Mobile Black Spots Program and the Regional Digital Connectivity Program and is designed to invest in communications infrastructure and deliver improved regional voice and data connectivity.

The fund will build and upgrade mobile base stations, connect businesses to global markets and schools with innovative learning resources.

In order to do this effectively, the Fund is asking for feedback from residents in rural NSW before the 18th August. 

RDA Central West can provide assistance and direction for residents wanting to report  telecommunications or connectivity issues.

Click on this link to fill out the Questionnaire.

For a print out of the Questionnaire click on this link.

You can mark the location of your issue by going to this NSW Government website.

This information will be provided to the NSW Telco Authority and telecommunications service providers, for planning and investment to improve mobile coverage and digital connectivity in regional NSW.

The NSW Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver up to 183 new or upgraded mobile base stations in NSW, of which over 100 have already been activated with remaining sites to be delivered in 2018-19.

The 183 locations were chosen following a public call for submissions nominating mobile black spots, combined with a competitive selection process. Mobile network operators were asked to nominate sites where they would build new or upgrade base stations to address the black spots nominated by the public. For more information on black spot site selection, see the fact sheet here.

Organisations can contact RDA Central West for assistance in developing project proposals on 02 6369 1600.