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Digital connectivity in the Grainbelt

The Morrison Government will undertake a feasibility study of up to $2 million to examine ways to improve digital connectivity in the Grainbelt.


Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Government has listened to residents and local business owners and is taking action to improve telecommunications services.


“The Grainbelt forms an important part of Australia’s economy, contributing more than $4.5 billion per year,” Mr Wilson said.


“The improvements to connectivity across the Grainbelt will help increase productivity across the region.


“Improved connectivity will help boost our agriculture and transport industries which are the backbone of the Australian economy.”


Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield said this study is the first step in examining what infrastructure is in place and how the quality and reliability of broadband connectivity in this remote and unique region of Australia can be boosted.


The study will take into account existing research and programs being undertaken by the State Government and consider ways to promote national involvement



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.