Government gives councils up to $375,000 to help build NBN support

Eleven councils across Australia will be able to access funding to build their online services

The government is continuing to build support for the National Broadband Network (NBN) by offering up to $375,000 to 11 councils across Australia to aid them in offering more services on the network.

The funding is part of the government’s $17.1 million digital local government program (DLGP), with councils able to use the funding to improve their online services, primarily targeted towards homes and businesses.

The 11 councils include: Auburn City Council (NSW), Adelaide Hills Council (SA), Brisbane City Council (QLD), City of Belmont (WA), City of Mandurah (WA), City of Salisbury (SA), Clarence City Council (TAS), Launceston City Council (TAS), Melville City Council (WA), Melbourne City Council (VIC) and Penrith City Council (NSW).

The councils were chosen based on their fibre footprint. Other councils will be announced when further fibre footprint maps are released by NBN Co.

The City of Onkaparinga in South Australia, which was granted $411,950 in funding through the DLGP, will use the funding for high-definition videoconferencing on development proposals, reducing the need for face-to-face meetings.

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