Town receives $97,000 in RED grant funding for Business Fibre Zone project

Published on Friday, 11 March 2022 at 4:07:13 PM

The Town has received $97,000 as part of the latest round of the Pilbara Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants, contributing towards funding the Kingsford Smith Business Park and Airport Precinct Business Fibre Zone (BFZ) Project.

The total cost of the BFZ is estimated at $616,000, including a co-contribution from the Town of $99,000. Completion is expected in late 2022 / early 2023.

The BFZ will rectify current internet latency issues and build business capability and investment at Kingsford Smith Business Park, the broader Port Hedland International Airport precinct and adjacent private businesses through the delivery of a business fibre network under a co-investment model with NBN.

The BFZ will enhance reliability for bandwidth intensive applications; facilitate scalability to suit business demand; support improved production, collaboration and innovation; and achieve greater service equity between BFZ located businesses and metropolitan centre.

Mayor Peter Carter welcomed the funding from the Pilbara Development Commission.

“I’d like to thank the Pilbara Development Commission for granting $97,000 to the Town as part of the latest round of the Pilbara Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants, helping us to fund the Business Fibre Zone (BFZ) Project in the Kingsford Smith Business Park and Airport Precinct.

“The provision of high speed ethernet access is critical for businesses in Hedland to remain competitive, create jobs and diversify our economy into the future.

“The Kingsford Smith Business Park and Airport Precinct offers a broad spectrum of investment opportunities, including in the port and airport service industries; freight, transport and logistics; warehousing and showrooms and small industrial operations.”

For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Corporate Affairs
(08) 9158 9365 | lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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