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Regions to benefit from NBN funding

Regions to benefit from NBN funding

Published: 22nd May 2012

Toowoomba Town Hall, in the RDA Darling Downs and South West. © Pip_Wilson (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Regional Australia Minister Simon Crean has announced funding for seven Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees to help develop strategies for the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in their communities.

A total of $200,000 has been awarded to seven RDA committees in Stage One and Stage Two of the NBN rollout areas, to conduct development and implementation strategy studies, with the outcomes to be shared across the entire RDA network.

Speaking at the RDA National Forum in Adelaide, Mr Crean said the NBN was a game changer for the regions.
"One of the greatest enablers of regional economic diversification, growth and service delivery is the NBN," Mr Crean said.

"That is why when I visit the regions, people aren't asking why we're investing in the NBN - they're asking when and how they can access it."
The seven RDA committees to be awarded funding are:

  • RDA Mid West Gascoyne (WA) - $30,000 to develop a regional digital plan and connected implementation strategies and projects.
  • RDA Sydney (NSW) - $17,500 to conduct a Community e-Care Workshop.
  • RDA Northern Inland (NSW) - $33,000 to conduct regional information sessions, and develop stakeholder implementation strategies and an integrated digital regional plan.
  • RDA Northern Melbourne (VIC) - $33,500 to conduct a project on the present use of ICT by small-to-medium sized businesses.
  • RDA Darling Downs and South West (QLD) - $31,000 to establish a local NBN demonstration booth and develop a local government NBN awareness and preparedness project.
  • RDA Ipswich and West Moreton (QLD) - $30,000 to support a regional digital economy forum and the development of a 10 year digital economy strategy.
  • RDA Brisbane City (QLD) - $25,000 to conduct a survey of not-for-profit organisations, arrange a digital expo and publish findings.

Mr Crean also announced a new round of funding worth $400,000 to support on-the-ground community and business awareness activities, with grants of up to $25,000 per RDA committee. Applications for the new round of funding close on 13 July 2012.