We are hosting a Regional Connectivity Program (RCP) noticeboard to facilitate linkages between telecommunications carriers and communities.

Potential telecommunications projects can now be added to the noticeboard.

State, territory and local governments, regional development authorities, industry, business and community groups, not-for-profits and First Nations community controlled organisations and other interested entities are invited to add their potential telecommunications project to the noticeboard.

Telecommunications carriers are invited to take a look at the project noticeboard. If there are potential projects you wish to develop into an application for the RCP, we encourage you to contact the proponent directly to develop your potential application.

Projects do not have to be on the noticeboard to be eligible for the RCP.

The RCP is now open for applications until 17 November 2020 (5:00pm AEDT). The guidelines and application process are available on the Government’s central grants website. The noticeboard will be online until the closing date for RCP applications.

Project noticeboard

Take a look at our project noticeboard to find out if there are potential telecommunications projects you may wish to develop into a project application for the Regional Connectivity Program. Please register your potential project with us.

This noticeboard is for information purposes only. These projects have not been funded or endorsed by the Commonwealth. Projects on the noticeboard are not guaranteed funding, nor does the Commonwealth guarantee that any of the projects will be developed into an application. Views or recommendations provided in the project proposals do not necessarily reflect the views or recommendations of the Commonwealth nor indicate the Commonwealth's commitment to a particular course of action.

Proposing Organisation State Project Location Project Description Contact Details Further Information
Flinders Shire Council QLD Hann Highway The Kennedy Developmental Road connects the township of Hughenden to the Lynd Junction, this section of road is approximately 255km. The Kennedy Developmental Road is a popular road for tourists and is also part of a major freight road connecting Cairns to Melbourne. A majority of this highway does not have mobile coverage which can be a major risk to the locals, tourists and freight operators while travelling on this section of the highway. The Flinders Shire Council would like to nominate to install a telephone infrastructure facility to cater the needs and to ensure safe access to the road users Contact Name: Linda Brown, Email: engineeringofficer@flinders.qld.gov.au, Phone: (07) 4741 2900
Tablelands Regional Council QLD Atherton An independent audit has identified that the Tablelands council area has a significant number of 4G blackspots. We are interested in proposals to increase 4G mobile connectivity to improve community and visitor accessibility, and provide the required connectivity platform to support Tablelands Regional Councils Smart Communities Roadmap. Contact Name: Amanda Henderson, Email: amandah@trc.qld.gov.au, Phone: (07) 4089 2397
Mareeba Shire Council QLD Mulligan Highway between West Mary and East Mary Roads Primary producer and tourism productivity—the area known as Mary Farms includes primary producers (horticulture, organic, beef), tourism. It includes Bustard Downs—an organic farm that also provides Farm Stay B&B guesthouses, cottages and camping; mango, lychee and cattle primary producers and Brooklyn Station, (an Australian Wildlife Conservancy). Contact name: Susan Parsons, Email: susanmp@msc.qld.gov.au, Phone: (07) 4086 4698
Mareeba Shire Council QLD Mareeba Dimbulah Road between Piemonte and Lemonside Roads 1. Primary producer productivity—Mutchilba is primarily an agricultural area, that would benefit greatly from mobile phone coverage to boost productivity and innovation. 2. Rural services precinct—the area includes a rural services precinct that includes a school, rural fire brigade, postal and retail services (petrol, café and groceries). 3. Regional road transport corridor—The Mulligan Highway is the freight route for all industrial, commercial and commuter activity through to Cape York. Significant mining activity is occurring in the region e.g. Chillagoe. Contact name: Susan Parsons, Email: susanmp@msc.qld.gov.au, Phone: (07) 4086 4698
Mareeba Shire Council QLD Mareeba Airport (Mareeba Shire Council) Vicary Road 1. Mareeba Airport commercial aviation precinct operations—There is a mobile blackspot at the eastern side of the Mareeba Airport which is hindering operations. The airport is a commercial aviation industrial precinct with a 300% increase in flights in the past three years. 2. Regional commercial aviation growth—It is expanding, with staged construction underway, to be Queensland's second largest commercial aviation precinct. It is well positioned to become a training hub for the Asia-Pacific, providing world-class facilities and importantly, attracting a larger share of the $322 million local aviation sector which is facing increasing pressure to relocate due to Cairns Airport plans to expand commercial aviation. Contact name: Susan Parsons, Email: susanmp@msc.qld.gov.au, Phone: (07) 4086 4698
Mareeba Shire Council QLD Kennedy Highway between Emerald Creek, Mareeba to the outskirts of Kuranda 1. Regional road transport – this highway is a major commuter and tourism corridor and freight route, between the main regional centre and regional inland locations. 2. Tourism – Kuranda receives upwards of one million visitors per annum. 3. Primary producer productivity – the location is an agriculture precinct and mobile coverage impacts productivity. 4. Rural-residential growth - the corridor is growing as a rural-residential satellite suburb between Mareeba and Cairns. Contact name: Susan Parsons, Email: susanmp@msc.qld.gov.au, Phone: (07) 4086 4698
Mitchell Shire Council VIC Mitchell Shire Mitchell Shire council has identified mobile blackspots across the municipality, including the areas of Glenaroua, Pyalong, and Whiteheads Creek. There is a significant need to provide mobile phone and internet services in locations with unique digital connectivity insufficiencies, such as Mitchell Shire. Improved digital connectivity in the region is a key priority for the Mitchell Shire community and visitors– this includes public Wi-Fi access at Beveridge; reduced mobile blackspots; improved emergency communications; stable connectivity along Mitchell’s transport corridors; and increased access to IoT networks for businesses. Contact name: Sarah Clark, Email: Sarah.Clark@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au, Phone: (03) 5734 6272
Clarence Valley Council NSW Fine Flower, Baryulgil, Ewingar Clarence Valley Council local government area desperately needs at least one telecommunication tower in the remote areas with vulnerable communities and were severely impacted by the 2019/2020 Bushfire Disaster. Most affected are the Fine Flower, Baryulgil, and Ewingar. These areas had no mobile coverage or emergency warning throughout the bushfire emergency. Baryulgil & Malabugilmah Aboriginal communities are two vulnerable groups in the area and Baryulgil Primary School. Contact name: Narelle Wilson, Email: narelle.wilson@clarence.nsw.gov.au, Phone: 0419 470 925
Wakefield Regional Council SA Hoyleton Wakefield Regional Council would like to submit the Hoyleton area to be considered for improved mobile phone coverage. The location serves as a base for fire fighting aeroplanes in the Mid North of South Australia, including the volatile Clare Valley. It is also a high fire risk given the large amount of agricultural activity, predominantly cropping, carried out in the district, and two main roads which are major freight routes pass through the district, the Port Wakefield Road from Auburn to Balaklava and the Blyth Plains Road linking Blyth and Balaklava. Contact Name: Les Pearson, Email: les@wrc.sa.gov.au, Phone: 0417 864 030
Findley Farms QLD Julia Creek This project connects rural families and business using the Telstra fibre at Julia Creek and utilises the water tower to commence a network of smaller, linking towers to Etta Plains to the north of the town. SkiyFi is a local contractor based at Richmond, who will be delivering the project in partnership with Findley Farms. All landholders along the way will have access to connectivity and the DNRME will also utilise the signal for water monitoring for telemetry systems at the weir/monitoring station to the NE of Etta Plains on the Flinders River. Contact Name: Luke Findley, Email: lucas@findleyfarms.com.au Phone: 0408 657 482

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