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Connectivity boost for Ravensthorpe and Esperance

Esperance and Ravensthorpe residents will soon be better connected thanks to funding under Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Regional Connectivity Program.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said families and businesses would benefit from projects at Pink Lake South, Munglinup Camp, Myrup, Bandy Creek and the town of Ravensthorpe.

“Across Esperance, three new Telstra macro mobile sites and one new Telstra Small Cell mobile site will be deployed,” Mr Wilson said.

“The macro sites will deliver improved voice and data connectivity at Pink Lake South, Myrup, and Bandy Creek, while the new small cell will deliver improved voice and data connectivity at Munglinup Camp.

“The project at Ravensthorpe will upgrade nbn technology in the town of Ravensthorpe from nbn Sky Muster Satellite to nbn fibre-to-premises technology.

“This is a very welcome investment in the O’Connor electorate.”

Minister for Regionalisation, Regional Communications and Regional Education, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, said the projects formed part of the Australian Government’s continuing roll-out of the $257 million Regional Connectivity Program.

“I’m pleased that residents and businesses in the south of the Goldfields-Esperance region will soon be able to enjoy the benefits and opportunities that this project will bring in terms of digital connectivity,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The Government has continued to take a collaborative approach with the telecommunications industry and regional and remote communities to make sure that the funded projects are tailored to the needs of each region and are supported by the community. This approach has resulted in an opportunity to create real change in the bush.

“As the last two years have shown, digital connectivity is an essential part of how we work, learn, stay healthy and remain in contact with loved ones and also to manage, adapt to and recover from an increasing range of natural disasters. These projects will make a difference.” The Australian Government has invested approximately $257 million in the Program, committing $117 million under Round 1 to deliver more than 130 place-based telecommunications projects and $140 million for Round 2.

Authorised by Rick Wilson, Liberal Party, 11/75 Dempster Avenue, Esperance, 6450

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.