New tech solutions will be on the table at a connectivity forum in North West Queensland this month, helping to address the challenge of internet connectivity in rural and regional areas.
The forum which will take place in Cloncurry on June 18 will put local businesses and primary producers in touch with experts who are across the latest solutions and services, so they can talk directly about the options available to locals.
The National Recovery and Resilience Agency, has organised the forums.
"Access to reliable telecommunications is key to the prosperity of rural and regional Australia, and it's something that comes up time and again when we talk to communities recovering from the 2019 monsoon trough," National Recovery and Resilience Agency boss Shane Stone said.
"We're putting farmers and business people directly in touch with the experts and vendors who can help address the barriers they face, as well as the government people working on these issues.
"While there's lots of work happening to boost telecommunications at government levels, this is an opportunity for local people who need services to talk with the people who can provide them."
The forum program features a keynote speech from GHD Digital on improving connectivity for the beef industry, followed by panel discussions with experts from Telstra, NBNCo, research centre Food Agility CRC and more. There will also be opportunities for attendees to talk to a range of local vendors about products and services, and hear about available grants and funding.
Food Agility's Chief Scientist Professor David Lamb said it was a chance to show connectivity options for people in the regions.
"When this idea came up we jumped on it straight away, and we're really pleased to be part of these forums," Prof Lamb said.
"This is a great chance for people in North Queensland to learn how to improve their flood and drought resilience and recovery, and to find out about emerging networks and technologies.
"I encourage people to bring their questions, come and share their thoughts, experiences and frustrations and see what solutions line up with their needs."
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