Preparing businesses and not-for-profit organisations across Pyrenees Shire maximise opportunities from the arrival of the National Broadband Network is the aim of the Central Highlands Digital Enterprise project. The partnership initiative is being driven by the University of Ballarat, Pyrenees Shire Council, and the Australian and Victorian Governments. Activities supported by the Australian Government two year funded project include free workshops, training, and individual mentoring to businesses and not-for-profits in Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn and Pyrenees municipal areas.
Pyrenees Shire Council has embraced the project as an economic development stimulus. CEO Stephen Cornish advises early adoption of online applications and gaining a better understanding of the opportunities arising from Broadband will stimulate business development within the shire.
“Connection to reliable internet and improved mobile phone services are imperative to a sustainable future for our shire. The rollout of the National Broadband Network will ensure businesses and community have the infrastructure to communicate and compete global rather than local. Council is determined to help our businesses get prepared for a stronger digital future” said Cornish.
A business EXPO featuring information on Broadband and online technology is to be held in Moonambel at the Recreation Reserve Hall on November 21st. The EXPO is being supported as part of the Digital Enterprise project.
After the EXPO, workshops covering a range of online skills and topics will be rolled out in advance of broadband being adopted by businesses and households within the Pyrenees. Manager for the two year program Gerrie Carr-MacFie has been liaising with Council and Central Highlands based providers to ensure a suite of learning opportunities meets the needs of local businesses and community groups.
“To date we have consulted with Pyrenees vignerons, tourism and retail businesses. We are tapping into local based networks and expertise to deliver quality training and mentoring. Where possible we use local resources.”
“It’s about local help for local businesses. To date Social Media workshops have been popular in Ballarat and Hepburn. In November we are offering Social Media workshops and mentoring at Bannockburn and Ballarat, MYOB training at Creswick, and a business/NBN EXPO at Moonambel.”
“Over the course of this two year initiative we will respond to the skill and training needs identified by local business and agricultural groups. We can design and commission training according to requests providing the need is established” advised Carr-MacFie.
“Businesses and households can check right now to see if fibre, wireless or interim satellite services have been commissioned in their area. It’s just a matter of visiting the nbnco.com.au website.”
More information on the free training and mentoring for businesses and not-for-profit organisations can be found at www.digibiz.net.au
Central Highlands Digital Enterprise Program Manager
PH: 0408 153 949