Closing the digital divide in Gippsland20/11/2019
A new plan to improve digital connectivity in Gippsland is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensure regional Victorians have access to the same level of infrastructure and services available in Melbourne.
Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes welcomed today’s launch of the Gippsland Digital Plan, supported by a share in $1 million through the Connecting Regional Communities Program.
The plan is one of nine across the state being completed through the Victorian Government’s Regional Partnerships. The Government supported the plans after communities told the Regional Partnerships digital connectivity was a priority.
A series of events will take place across Sale and Morwell to mark the Gippsland plan’s launch, with Committee for Gippsland welcoming experts from Australia’s largest telecom organisations to discuss business technology issues and opportunities for the entire Gippsland region as part of showcasing the Digital Plan.
The Gippsland Digital Plan has attempted to identify current gaps in the region’s digital landscape while outlining priority actions for how these gaps can be addressed.
The plan brings together the most up-to-date information on the region’s current digital infrastructure and services, helping establish a sound evidence-base on current and emerging gaps, needs and priorities.
Several priorities have been identified to help close the digital divide across Gippsland, including addressing mobile blackspots, better services for remote and vulnerable communities, promoting stronger NBN and future technologies, facilitating digital literacy training and enhancing connectivity for tourism across the region.
Other projects underway as part of the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program include $7 million in funding for enhanced broadband networks in Morwell, Geelong and Horsham, and $16.7 million to deliver free public WiFi projects in Ararat, Ballarat and Bendigo.
The Government also celebrated the installation of the 150th new mobile tower as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program.