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Digital planning for Gippsland underway

11/04/2018

Work to help create digital plans for each of Victoria’s nine regions is well underway, The Minister for Regional Development announced in a speech to Rural Councils Victoria in Melbourne today.

An overall investment of more than $1 million is being put towards the digital plans which will bring together the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on each region’s digital infrastructure and services.

The government is working closely with the Gippsland Regional Partnership to develop a digital plan tailored to address the specific needs and priorities of the region.

The approach includes investigative fieldwork and mapping of current services including mobile coverage, improved fixed broadband for businesses, and digital hubs and co-working spaces.

The government is undertaking significant investment in overall digital connectivity in regional Victoria, with the Victorian Budget 2017/18 including $45 million for the Connecting Regional Communities Program.

This funding was in direct response to the community, following all nine Regional Partnerships calling for improvements to digital infrastructure.

Regional Partnerships can expect to review their initial plans in mid-2018.

More information can be found at https://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/connecting-victoria

"We are pleased that in partnership with the Committee for Gippsland that work has commenced and look forward to a local plan that will identify digital needs and aid government support to improve digital access across our region," says Maree McPherson, Chair of the Gippsland Regional Partnership.



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