The WA Government is driving the closure of the digital divide in regional Western Australia, bringing high-speed broadband to more than 1,000 farms to help boost agricultural output and create jobs.
The first round of the Digital Farm program will provide $2.3 million to four successful applications, who have committed matching funding to provide a high-speed broadband service outside the current or planned National Broadband Network.
The scheme will extend services to more than 1,100 farming enterprises across more than 37,000 square kilometres in the North Midlands and Great Southern, and the districts of Chapman Valley, Mount Barker, Wickepin and Goodlands.
The Digital Farm program has accelerated commercial investment by extending digital services throughout the regions, allowing farmers to adopt new technology essential for modern business.
A number of other projects are under active development and a further round of recipients is expected in coming months.
Source: WA Government