Friday, May 4th, 2012 - Digital Hubs
Amanda Rishworth MP, Member for Kingston, on behalf of the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today launched the first South Australian Digital Hub and Digital Enterprise programs in Willunga.

The Australian Government’s Digital Enterprise program, delivered by the City of Onkaparinga, in partnership with the Willunga Business and Tourism Association, the Southern Success Business Enterprise Centre and the Onkaparinga Exporters Club, will provide structured workshops, mentoring and support services to small businesses and not-for-profits in the local area on how to get the most out of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The Australian Government is partnering with the City of Onkaparinga to establish a Digital Hub in the old Willunga Council Chambers to provide free online training to improve Willunga residents’ digital literacy and provide the opportunity to experience NBN-enabled broadband services.

“The NBN will deliver tremendous economic benefits to Australia through increased productivity, greater employment opportunities, and better access to information and services. Willunga’s digital hub will ensure local homes and businesses make the most of what the NBN offers,” Senator Conroy said.

Member for Kingston Amanda Rishworth said she was excited at the new opportunities opening up for Willunga residents.

“I’m thrilled to launch these fantastic new services. By utilising the high speed broadband available through the NBN the City of Onkaparinga can implement an online process for the lodgement, assessment and enforcement of development applications,” Ms Rishworth said.

“Interactive high-definition videoconferencing sessions between residents and council planning, building and compliance officers will now be possible, resulting in a more effective and efficient planning process.”

“Residents of Willunga will also have the opportunity of videoconference with other specialist council staff located in the City of Onkaparinga’s Noarlunga office,” she said.

City of Onkaparinga Mayor, Lorraine Rosenberg explained that since its introduction last year, high-speed broadband has opened up a new world for southern businesses.

"The City of Onkaparinga sees high-speed broadband as a future source of competitive economic advantage and a great asset for the community as a whole. We are developing a digital strategy that will maximise the use of high speed broadband throughout our city,” Mayor Rosenberg said.

“The new business and community programs are designed to help us all fully reap the benefits of the internet. Businesses are keen to learn how to make the technology work for them, and we’re enthusiastically supporting them as they make this exciting online future a reality for the south.”

The City of Onkaparinga has been awarded $411,950 under the Digital Local Government program to improve their development assessment services.

For further details on the Digital Hubs program visit: www.dbcde.gov.au/digitalhubs and for the Digital Enterprise program visit: www.dbcde.gov.au/digitalenterprise

Date: 3 May 2012
Contact: Amanda Rishworth’s Office - 02 6277 2293
Senator Conroy’s Office - Adam Sims - 03 9650 1188

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P: 02 6277 2293
W: www.dbcde.gov.au/digitalhubs

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RSP, ISP, NBN, National Broadband Network

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