Improved digital connectivity for Warren and Narromine

CONNECTED: Federal Member for the Parkes electorate and Regional Communications Minister Mark Coulton met with FSG CEO Andrew Roberts to share the good news. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

CONNECTED: Federal Member for the Parkes electorate and Regional Communications Minister Mark Coulton met with FSG CEO Andrew Roberts to share the good news. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

People living and working in the Narromine and Warren region will see improved telecommunications under the Federal Government's Regional Connectivity Program.

The $90 million program will deliver 81 place-based digital connectivity solutions in regional Australia through a range of mobile and broadband services.

The project would see Field Solutions Group install a fixed wireless network, comprising of seven new towers and one co-location in the Narromine-Warren region.

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This is expected to provide connectivity to approximately 90 per cent of the Narromine shire and extend into high value irrigation areas that rely on Sky Muster and have limited mobile coverage.

Federal Member for Parkes and Regional Communications minister Mark Coulton said $1.6 million has been provided for the Narromine-Warren project and would provide people in the area with access to improved broadband services and data.

"I'm thrilled that residents and businesses in the Warren and Narromine region will enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved digital connectivity brings," Mr Coulton said.

"This will help keep our businesses connected, our families stay in touch and mean we can better access health, education and online services on the go."

Narromine Shire Council mayor Craig Davies said the project would provide the technology for industries to develop in the shire, which would attract more businesses and families.

"It gives us the opportunity to engage with technology that will take agriculture and other industries in the shire to the next level," Cr Davies said.

"It's a giant step forward, taking Australia's agricultural industry towards the $1 billion mark and gives Narromine shire the opportunity to be a leader in technology into the future."

Cr Davies said this project would compliment the three new towers being constructed at Gin Gin, Nevertire and Mullengudgery under the federal government's Mobile Blackspot Program in 2019.

Warren Shire mayor Milton Quigley also welcomed the project.

"In this day-and-age, access to reliable telecommunications is critical for people in our region to stay connected and this project will make a big difference in improving the coverage for the people in the Warren shire," Cr Quigley said.

The program is a key component of the government's response to the 2018 Regional Telecommunications Review.

The projects are expected to be completed by June 2022.

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