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Regional Digital Connectivity program community meeting and survey in Booral

Booral residents and business owners are invited to a public meeting about digital connectivity.

The State Government in doing a tour of regional communities to get people's views on digital connectivity through a series of community consultation events.

Taking place on the evening of Monday, October 28, a face-to-face event will be held for those who can attend, while an online survey is available for those who can't.

It's all about the NSW Government determining how to invest the $400 million from the Regional Digital Connectivity program.

The program is focused on the following three priority areas:

Mobile coverage: to eliminate mobile black spots where people live and work. Investigate new and emerging technologies to future-proof mobile coverage in regional NSW.

Internet and data: bring metro-level data speeds and connectivity to regional NSW. Invest in 'backbone' digital infrastructure including data centres to support regional communities and businesses.

Farm and water: Increase coverage of the connectivity needed for agribusinesses to use agricultural technologies (AgTech). Support AgTech uptake to improve competitiveness, productivity and water management.

Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen said the meeting and survey are an opportunity for residents and businesses in Booral to have their say and help shape the future of digital connectivity for regional NSW.

"It will boost investment and business opportunities, improve community access to services, and ensure our younger residents have the educational opportunities enjoyed by their city cousins," Mr. Johnsen said.

The community consultation event will be held on Monday, October 28 at the Booral Soldiers Memorial Hall from 5pm to 7pm. The survey closes on December 31 and is open to all residents and visitors in regional NSW, via the website, www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/snowy-hydro-legacy-fund/regional-digital-connectivity-program/, via this link, or hard copies are available at Service NSW centres and councils, nearest the consulted communities.

For further information about the Regional Digital Connectivity program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/connectregionalnsw.

The Regional Digital Connectivity program is funded by the $4.2 billion Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund.