Project to connect Ord
Ag-tech developments in the Ord River Irrigation Area may soon get a leg up, with the State Government this week setting out plans to deliver “enterprise-grade broadband” across the region.
The initiative, marketed as a solution to the “digital divide” in the East Kimberley, will see two adjacent networks deployed, reported to cover more than 40 farm businesses over nearly 1700sqkm.
The networks will service businesses in Kununurra, the industrial area and the southern and central parts of the Ord River farmland.
Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the initiative would help to drive agricultural productivity and expansion in the Ord.
She said it would also provide existing growers with a competitive edge in a global market.
“Modern businesses, no matter where they are located, require a high-quality broadband service to be able to operate in an increasingly competitive global environment,” she said.
“This program has responded to a dire need for digital connection in the regions and successfully attracted commercial investment to deliver broadband services to businesses and residents throughout our State.”
The grants, totalling $1 million in matching funding, are the final projects from the first round of Digital Farm Grants, worth a total of $5 million.