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Digital planning for Ovens Murray underway


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 Ovens Murray 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

"Improving digital connectivity is a key regional priority and the development of an Ovens Murray Digital Plan has been enthusiastically supported, with more than 10 community and business representatives from across the region attending a recent workshop to assist the project team," says Irene Grant, Chair of the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership.


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