NBN Roll-out to Shoalhaven - Digital Economy Strategy
March 29, 2012
“Today’s announcement from the Prime Minister on the continued expansion of the NBN into the Shoalhaven is excellent news” said Mayor Green. “Nowra and Bomaderry will see fibre rolled out from December 2013 with work to be completed by 2014”
Council is already engaged with NBN Co on planned and future roll-outs in the Shoalhaven. Council has been working hard on bringing the NBN to the Shoalhaven and this announcement is reward for the continued efforts.
Council has also recently adopted Shoalhaven’s own Digital Economy Strategy. This strategy has been developed to provide a clear direction for Shoalhaven City Council’s involvement in the emerging digital economy sector and to assist business, resident and visitors to the area to engage with its potential.
The digital economy has the potential for enormous positive social change in the region, bringing communities closer together through improved communication, contact and economic opportunity.
The strategy outlines key actions to assist the development of the digital economy in six key market segments;
• Commerce and Business
• Health Industries
• Education Industries
• Government Services
Council is committed to the digital economy and has undertaken several projects which embrace this new paradigm.
Included in these projects that utilise high speed broadband is
The Nowra library and the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre offer access to free high speed broadband Wi-Fi, Council’s new website offers a greater level of on-line information engagement and services and many Council staff are now more effective through use of mobile telecommunication equipment.
The Digital Economy Strategy will support Council’s engagement with NBN Co regarding the roll-out of the new National Broadband Network. Council has already started gathering the information required by NBN Co in order to support a smooth roll-out across the City.
“The NBN is an exciting infrastructure project which will connect the Shoalhaven to the rest of the world. Council looks forward to working with NBN Co as the roll-out of the NBN begins in the Shoalhaven” said Mayor Green.
The Digital Economy Strategy is available for download from Councils’ Economic Development website www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/business
CONTACT: Shoalhaven City Mayor Councillor Paul Green (02) 4429 3251 0423 881 873
Economic Development Manager (02) 4429 3388 0412 146 056