Cth funding boost for regional connectivity projects

Visitors to a remote southern Tasmanian tourist attraction will enjoy better digital connectivity after new Commonwealth funding was announced this week.

An area east of Geeveston (where the well-known Tahune Airwalk is located), together with an additional 51 projects, will receive $27 million from the latest tranche of Regional Connectivity Program (RCP) funding.

It brings to 132 the number of individual connectivity projects delivered across the country under the RCP to improve the speed, affordability, reliability of broadband services.

Including co-contributions from local and state governments and other organisations, Round 1 of the RCP is delivering new investment of more than $232 million.

Another round of the RCP will follow later in the year, through a competitive grants process.

In other federal funding news, the Commonwealth is providing $10 million to finish the Snowies Iconic Walk.

The money to deliver Stage 4 of the walk is being made available through the $100 million Regional Recovery Partnerships in 10 regions across Australia. The NSW Government has also invested $17 million in the project.