Regional communities and businesses are set to benefit from the NSW Nationals in Government’s $100 million Gig State project that will see new network infrastructure and increased internet capacity bring a faster and more reliable service to the regions.
The project will kick-off in Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Parkes and a corridor west to Cobar, as well as a fibre solution for residents in Sutton, Bywong and Wamboin.
NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the project was the first piece of major digital infrastructure to be delivered under the $400 million Regional Digital Connectivity program, announced in 2019, and will start to overcome some of the connectivity challenges experienced in regional NSW.
“The goal of Gig State is to deliver innovative network infrastructure solutions for our regions, with improved price, quality of service and choice,” Mr Saunders said.
“With technology a central part of our everyday lives, this represents an incredible opportunity and will help to boost growth and business opportunities for Dubbo and communities across the region.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Gig State project was an important first step in bridging the digital divide between metropolitan areas and regional NSW.
“This level of investment into digital network infrastructure is a new area for the NSW Nationals in Government, but it is essential to ensure our regional communities get the services they deserve so their potential in today’s connected world isn’t limited,” Mr Barilaro said.
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment will run a two-stage tender process, starting with an ‘Expression of Interest’ (EOI) launching in the coming months, followed by a ‘Request for Tender’ (RFT) later this year.
Interested telecommunications providers are encouraged to register their details online so they can be notified when the EOI opens for submissions at: www.nsw.gov.au/gigstate.
The Gig State project and Regional Digital Connectivity program are part of the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund, dedicated to major and transformative infrastructure projects that will deliver significant economic and social benefits for regional NSW.
For more information on the Regional Digital Connectivity program, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/connectregionalnsw.