New Optic Link Delivers First Class Services to Elliston
Posted on Monday, 31 July, 2017
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is extremely
pleased with the announcement Elliston will receive high-speed
telecommunications services with the support of $1.3m from the Federal
Government’s Building Better Regions Program.
Making the announcement today on a lightening visit
to the region, Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project
would provide the infrastructure that will enable a wide range of information
services to be delivered online.
investment will deliver Elliston the range and consistency of service the vast
majority of Australia takes for granted including increasing the reach of high
speed internet services across this part of regional South Australia, improving
access to education, health and business online services,” Minister Nash said.
“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities
our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and ensuring
the Elliston region has first rate telecommunication services does just that.”
Mr Ramsey said unreliable landlines and mobile
services were at best a severe inconvenience and at worst a danger to public
safety. “While home and internet services are being upgraded through the NBN the
replacing of the aging micro-wave link addresses core inadequacies in the
“The high speed, high capacity communications
service between Elliston and Wudinna will soon be a reality with funding
confirmed today under the first round of the Coalition Government’s new BBRP – Infrastructure
Projects Stream,” he said.
“I am particularly pleased with this announcement
which follows extensive meetings I had with the Minister, her department and
Telstra searching for a solution to Elliston’s communications issues.”
Mr Ramsey said he had worked closely with Telstra
General Manager SA Mark Bolton to find a solution for Elliston. “I thank
Telstra for its very strong investment in this project. The State Government is
contributing as is the District Council which is also making a very significant
contribution. The shared funding model has been instrumental in taking the
project to the top of the Building Better Regions funding list.”
key design features of the project include the installation of optic fibre,
transmission equipment and tower upgrades,” he said.
will radically improve online access to government and business services for
Elliston and its surrounding communities.
is being jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $1.34
million under the BBRF, the South Australian Government contributing $100,000,
the District Council of Elliston $80,000
and Telstra $1.04m and significant in-kind support.
is the first round of the BBRP, but it follows hot on the heels of the old
Stronger Regions scheme under which the Grey electorate has done very well. This
latest round lifts the total of Commonwealth funding on these projects to close
to $30m and is a clear indication that this electorate is punching above its
Coalition Government will provide almost $500 million to priority
infrastructure projects over four years from 2016-17, to foster economic growth
in rural, regional, and remote communities
information about the Building Better Regions Fund is available at: business.gov.au