Digital Farm Grants program

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The Final Tranche of recipients has been announced, as part of Round One of the State Government's successful Digital Farm Grants Program.

The successful applicant, CipherTel, will deliver two projects worth a combined $1 million in grants, extending services to 40 farming enterprises across nearly 1700 square kilometres encompassing Kununurra townsite, industrial area, Ord River South/ Central and Ord River North.

The Digital Farm Grants program is a $5 million State Government initiative, administered by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).

This final tranche of recipients, forms part of the first round of the Digital Farm Grants program announcements which were made in August and October.

As part of the State Government’s commitment to support the widespread adoption of digital farm technologies to help drive better digital connectivity for agricultural and pastoral businesses in regional Western Australia, grants of up to $500,000 were previously made available on a matching co-contribution basis, to cover capital costs of improving connectivity to multiple farming enterprises and associated stakeholders.

The fund targets agricultural and pastoral regions which lie outside the current or planned National Broadband Network (NBN) fixed wireless and fixed line footprints.

The program itself aims to:

  • provide fast, reliable, affordable and scalable broadband necessary to support digital farming practices
  • enable agricultural businesses to use smart farming technologies such as cloud based data sharing and decision making resources, improving productivity and output
  • target agricultural and pastoral regions which lie outside the current or planned NBN fixed wireless and fixed line footprint
  • expand mobile coverage, many farm businesses in areas of low population density are reliant on sub-optimal connectivity solutions
  • enable farming businesses to gain access to productivity enhancing technology which is a key element in making businesses internationally competitive
  • advance telecommunications and technology in the farming sector to drive the jobs of the 21st century across regional WA.

Grant recipients - Round 1

Under the first round of Digital Farm Grants, a total of $5 million has now been allocated to five successful applicants which have committed to extend services across about 40,000 square kilometres - reaching out to more than 1200 farms in areas including the North Midlands, South West and Great Southern, as well as in the districts of Chapman Valley, Mount Barker, Wickepin, Goodlands and Kununurra.

Digital Farm Grant - Round 1 recipients

Applicant/Project

Grant

CipherTel (Final Tranche)
  • Kununurra Central
$497,065
CipherTel (Final Tranche)
  • Kununurra North
$500,000

CipherTel (Tranche 2)

  • Williams
$500,000

CipherTel (Tranche 2)

  • Wagerup/ Boddington
$491,000

CipherTel (Tranche 2)

  • Capel/ Busselton
$500,000

LogicIT

  • North Midlands - Fixed Wireless Network

$500 000

LogicIT

  • Chapman Valley - Fixed Wireless Network

$500 000

Pivotel Group Pty Ltd​

  • Mt Barker - Pivotel Ecosphere Network

$277 500

Pivotel Group Pty Ltd

  • Wickepin - Pivotel Ecosphere Network

$277,500

Telstra / Shire of Dalwallinu

  • Goodlands

$260,000

Superloop (Australia) Pty Ltd

  • Great Southern

$500,000

 

The new services are expected to be rolled out in the next 12-18 months as the infrastructure is completed, providing more rural businesses and people living in the regions with a fast, reliable, affordable and scalable broadband service.

Round one of the Digital Farm Grants program closed 13 April 2018.

Contact us

For more information please contact Sue Cairns +61 (08) 6552 2032 for assistance.

All enquiries can be emailed to digital.farm@dpird.wa.gov.au