The new program seeks to provide the greatest coverage possible and best outcomes for regional customers. This will be achieved by harnessing the expertise of the telecommunications industry to work alongside Government to deliver quality broadband to regional communities and businesses across the Grainbelt.
The EOI process will identify suitable capable organisations to work with the State Government to deliver consistent, high capacity broadband services to all recipients throughout the Grainbelt.
The first stage will involve identifying innovative technical and commercial solutions to recognised broadband service issues, and determining what level of service could potentially be provided.
Up to three proponents will be supported to progress through to Stage Two, to develop proposals and identify future co-investment options, with Government.
DPIRD recognises that WA's agricultural industry continues to have the requirement for a fast, affordable and reliable broadband service and suitable access to digital infrastructure to remain competitive state-wide, nationally and internationally.
The Grainbelt Digital Enhancement Project is an initiative of the Agricultural Telecommunications Infrastructure Improvement Fund.
EOIs submissions closed on Friday 2 November. The Department is currently undertaking assessments of the submissions and will provide updates when available.