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Digital boosts make communities, businesses stronger


The Golden Plains community will benefit from huge improvements to connectivity at a new hub that bridges the digital divide experienced by many regional Victorians.

As part of the Victorian Government’s initiative to help more regional businesses to pivot towards working online a new co-working space and digital hub was opened today at the Well in Smythesdale.

The project has been backed by $3.5 million through the Regional Digital Fund, which supports a broad range of digital projects identified as priorities by local Regional Partnerships. This project has been supported by the Central Highlands Regional Partnership.

This funding has delivered a modern, accessible digital hub and co-working space with fast internet and increased mobile phone coverage, offering locals and businesses a comfortable and efficient alternative to working from home.

The digital hub includes private office space, group meeting areas and sound-proof booths for online meetings and confidential phone calls.

The co-working space will be open from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday. The community will be able to use the space for free for the first 12 months as part of Golden Plains Shire’s COVID-19 business support measures.

Priority projects backed by the Regional Digital Fund are rolling out across the state, including in the Barwon, Central Highlands, Gippsland, Great South Coast, Goulburn, Loddon Campaspe, Mallee, Ovens Murray and Wimmera Southern Mallee regions.

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