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Digital Economy Focus Group in Shepparton Wednesday, 2nd May 2012

Interested in the future of the Hume Region? Do you want to have your say on the digital economy?  We are calling for input and contribution to the development of the Hume Digital Economy Strategy.

Arup will be holding a number of stakeholder interviews and small focus group sessions to get the views of the community on the NBN and the digital economy.

Tim Williams and/or Kate Walters from Arup will be running the sessions.

Tim is recognised as one of the country’s leading thinkers about high speed broadband and the impact of digital media on communities, public services and business. His ground-breaking report, ‘Connecting Communities: the impact of broadband in the UK and its implications for Australia’ was launched at the Nation Press Club in Canberra in February 2011.

Kate Walters is a Senior Consultant at Arup. As an experienced team leader, Head of Policy and project manager in both the Government and private sector, Kate has worked on a range inter-related social, environmental and economic policy issues that aim to create thriving, liveable and sustainable urban areas. Kate has strong strategic understanding of economic development and placemaking and is an experienced facilitator. Tim and Kate very much appreciate your attendance at the workshops and see it as crucial to the successful delivery of the Hume Digital Economy Strategy.

The first session will take place in Shepparton on Wednesday, 2nd May 2012 from 10.30am to 1.30pm

Venue to be confirmed

For more information contact Anita Smith on anita.smith@dpcd.vic.gov.au or call (03) 5722 7113

We look forward to seeing you there.

What is the Hume Digital Economy Strategy?

The National Broadband Network will provide a unique opportunity to enable significant investment in strategic infrastructure and exploit our competitive advantage. It is clear that economies and communities in Australia need to be broadband ready, and alive to the transformative potential of digitisation – and it’s not just about technical innovations or fibre being laid out. Properly planned for and managed digitisation can help diversify regional economies, reinforce decentralisation, attract new talent to relocate and change market perceptions of areas. This can mean repopulation not depopulation and new economic life for regional Victoria.

The Hume Digital Economy Strategy is anticipated to capture the momentum around the digital agenda. It will highlight how the region is changing methods of delivery and engagement using new digital platforms. It will identify gaps in digital infrastructure that impacts on connectivity throughout the region and explore new opportunities for improved connectivity, broadband applications and partnerships that could build capacity and capability.

Explore the future at the NBN Discovery Centre on Friday,11 May 2012

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Would you like to discover firsthand how the National Broadband Network and the high speed digital economy will change the way we live?

The Hume RDA are offering you the opportunity to visit the NBNco Discovery Centre and RMIT to experience the future digital economy for yourself.

Join the Hume Regional Development Australia Committee in a free day program that includes:

1. A visit to the NBN Co Discovery Centre, Docklands, including:

  • A 45 minute presentation from NBN technology experts
  • Hands on interaction with future NBN –enabled technologies
  • Experiencing how we will live, work and educate in the future
  • Learn how we will manage our health and environment in the coming years
  • Exclusive question and answer session with senior NBN Co representatives

2. A tour of the RMIT Advanced Manufacturing Precinct

Coach travel to and from Melbourne will be provided. Coach departing Wangaratta at 9am with stops at Benalla,
Seymour and Euroa (returning approximately 7pm)

When: Friday 11th May 2012

Cost: Free (lunch not provided)

Seats are limited so book your seat today by contacting Jenny Brown. Jennifer.Brown@dpcd.vic.gov.au