Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy, has ramped up efforts to drive digital services to regional Australia as part of the Federal Government’s $60 million Digital Regions Initiative.
The four-year initiative was kick-started as a response to the Glasson Regional Telecommunications Review in March 2009. Money will go towards funding projects that “deliver high-quality digital applications for education, health and emergency services supported by the National Broadband Network (NBN)".
This announcement follows the Federal Government's decision in July to open a tender process for candidates to operate and manage backbone transmission links to regional towns.
A Digital Regions Initiative program guideline has been released and Senator Conroy has implored those with an idea for digital enablement projects to come forward.
In a statement, he called for expression of interest from potential funding recipients. Interested parties can forward submissions through the Department’s website. Potential projects will be analysed by all levels of government and feedback will be published on the website.
The cut-off date for expression of interest is September 14.