Connectivity Report

A resource for Destination Sydney Surrounds North’s Connectivity Project

From The Chair

In 2022, Destination Sydney Surrounds North (DSSN) released our Destination Management Plan (DMP) which is the blueprint for how our organisation can positively grow the Visitor Economy in the 10 LGAs which make up the DSSN region. This plan was designed through a collaborative framework of local plans and extensive stakeholder sessions as well as aligning the Visitor Economy Strategy (VES) 2030 at a State Government level. 

Through multiple stakeholder engagement sessions held by DSSN to develop the DMP, we found that Digital Connectivity was a major issue across all 10 LGAs in various capacities. This lack of infrastructure is an issue for residents and businesses in these regions, and also for the Visitor Economy broadly. 

DSSN was successful in securing funding through the Regional NSW Business Case and Strategy Grant to deep dive into this issue and table possible solutions. DSSN had a clear focus to address the issues that were raised from our stakeholders. 

The vision for this Business Case was to provide hard evidence to the anecdotal feedback we got from stakeholders about the lack of connectivity, explore possible solutions and ultimately deliver improved connectivity infrastructure for our region. 

I encourage you to read the information, studies and possible solutions outlined in this Business Case. DSSN Board and Staff will use this document to advocate for connectivity improvements to ensure the Visitor Economy has the infrastructure to support business and visitor growth in our region. 

Christina Tulloch, Chair

Destination Sydney Surrounds North


DSSN Region Digital Connectivity Business Case

  • LGA Regions Telecommunications Infrastructure Review
  • Future Population and Visitor Demands on Telecommunications Infrastructure
  • Telecommunications Infrastructure Options Analysis
  • Scenario Planning for Future Connectivity Demands.

The Case for Improved Digital Connectivity in the Hunter and Central Coast Regions

  • Digital Connectivity in the Hunter and Central Coast Region
  • Digital Connectivity Gaps for the DSSN Region
  • Recommendations and Delivery Considerations.

Acknowledgement of funding

This project was funded by the NSW Government Regional NSW Business Case and Strategy Development Fund that supports councils, not for profit, industry and Aboriginal community groups develop business cases or strategies for projects delivering significant economic or social benefits to regional communities, with a focus on infrastructure.