A high speed broadband service is in North Dandalup as part of a support program for the planned Collaborative Research and Development Hub (CRDH) in the town.
TM Group, which operates a beef “paddock-to-plate” farming operation in the region has erected a tower in the hills next to the town which will provide a fixed wireless broadband service.
Red Broadband, a Perth-based Telco, will operate the service.
TM Group managing director John Dawkins said North Dandalup and the surrounding area had very poor broadband.
“It is a real brake on development of the town,’’ he said.
“The tower, which cost $35,000 to relocate, is part of our contribution to the research facility being planned with the CY O’Connor Foundation and Peel Development Commission.”
The CRDH is expected to create up to 40 jobs in the town when fully established.
It will include a research facility to support the Transform Peel initiative and provide research support to the current and future agricultural and food industries in the region.
A small business “incubator” support facility is also planned for the hub.
The CY O’Connor Foundation has secured an interim site in the town so it can start operations later in the year.
A development application is currently before the Shire of Murray.
The broadband service will also be available to North Dandalup businesses and residents through Red Broadband.