Horsham is a step closer to getting better broadband, with a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the construction and delivery of enhanced broadband services released to the market this week.
Acting Minister for Regional Development Jacinta Allan said the RFP was a major step forward in the project, which will trial solutions to boost broadband for businesses in, or considering investment in, regional Victoria.
A total of $7 million has been allocated for regional enhanced broadband projects in Horsham, Morwell and North Geelong, which is part of the $45 million allocated to Connecting Regional Communities Program.
The projects are helping regional businesses compete with metropolitan, interstate and international businesses.
Enhanced broadband solutions can be delivered over a range of technologies and the RFP encourages both fibre and other innovative solutions.
The areas considered in Horsham to be serviced by enhanced broadband could include:
- Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal and Precinct
- Golf Course Road/Enterprise Estate
- Horsham Aerodrome Precinct
- Horsham Central Activity District
The rollout of the enhanced broadband pilots is expected to start in the second half of 2018, with completion in the second-half of 2019.
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Regional Development Jacinta Allan
“We’re making sure regional Victorians have access to reliable broadband – to support farmers, local businesses and families.”
“Our Regional Partnerships told us that digital connectivity and access was an absolute must – we’ve listened and we’re making it a priority.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“This critical project will increase business productivity and help attract investment to Horsham – boosting the local economy and supporting local jobs.”
“We look forward to working with the successful supplier in Horsham to make this enhanced broadband project happen.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020