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Improved digital connectivity for the Goldfields and Esperance

People living, working and travelling throughout the Goldfields can now look forward to new and improved telecommunications services thanks to the Morrison Government’s Regional Connectivity Program (RCP).

The $90 million program is delivering 81 place-based solutions to digital connectivity issues in the regions through a range of mobile and broadband services.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson today announced the details of eight projects in O’Connor, including upgrades to three towers in the Goldfields and Esperance region.

The upgrades include:

  • A $452,000 upgrade to a Telstra 3G base station at Caiguna, a small roadhouse community on the Eyre Highway east of Norseman. This includes provision of 4G coverage and expansion of backhaul capacity to the site. The upgrade will provide improved coverage, throughput speeds and quality of mobile service for the Caiguna township and surrounding community.
  • A $466,000 upgrade to a Telstra 3G base station at Cocklebiddy, a small roadhouse community located on the Eyre Highway, including the provision of 4G services and expansion of backhaul capacity to the site to improve quality of service for local residents and approximately 27km of the Eyre Highway.
  • A $144,265 upgrade to a base station at Condingup to extend 4G coverage along Fisheries Road east of Condingup and into the wider area, addressing a coverage gap outside of the main township and improving user speeds for the main highway and surrounding community.

“I’m thrilled residents and businesses will enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved digital connectivity brings,” Mr Wilson said.

 “This project in Caiguna will provide people in that community 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.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, 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,” Minister Fletcher said.

Federal Regional Communications Minister, Mark Coulton said the Government is listening to the digital needs of regional communities and businesses, and has used the RCP to design and deliver place-based solutions that solve rural connectivity issues.

“The Government has taken a collaborative approach in delivering the RCP and has engaged with the telecommunications industry and regional communities to make sure the funded projects are tailored to the needs and priorities of each region and are supported by the local community,” Minister Coulton said.

The Federal Government is contributing $90.3 million to the RCP, generating total new investment of more than $180 million through co-contributions from funding recipients, state and territory governments and other third parties, such as local governments, regional businesses and community development organisations.

The program is a key component of the Government’s response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review, and the delivery of successful projects under the program will begin in the coming weeks with projects expected to be completed by June 2022. More detail on individual projects will be announced over coming weeks.

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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.