Friday, April 14th, 2006

Senator Paul Calvert, Paul Vincent (SBS) and John McCann (TECC) today presented the 8 BDF creative new media and digital content projects that were supported as part of the final round of funding of the Australian governments TECC Business Development Fund (BDF).
The small grants specifically introduced in this final round support the range of emerging creative new media who are meeting the demand for content created by increasing capability of broadband infrastructure.
Many of the projects funded under the small grants will use the end product as a means of securing further funds, markets and or strategic partners for ongoing development of their creative ideas.
"The content projects funded illustrate the range of activity covered in the creative new media space and also the emerging Tasmanian skills base in this sector", John McCann said.
Around 300 applications were received nationally from the BDF and demand for this type of development support is growing with current explosive demand globally.
Mr McCann said, "There is a continued need for non-recourse funding such as BDF to give innovative small firms a chance to participate in the strong demand for digital products and services globally."
Mr McCann thanked the current Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Sen Helen Coonan, and her predecessors for supporting the BDF and the 29 recipients.
The support of the Tasmanian Senators who had worked to establish the fund was also acknowledged, along with the roles of the now retired Senators Brian Harradine and Brian Gibson.
He concluded by thanking the independent panel of experts that evaluated the applications on a competitive basis under the guidance of Terry Polkinghorn from REDcentre, who run the Innovation Partnering Program in Victoria.
"Funding is not only important for Tasmania but it is essential for Australia in this emerging global sector. I hope Governments, Federal and State, will continue to fund and partner this sector in the future."
The BDF is a $4.7 million commitment from the Australian Government as part of the Launceston Broadband Project. The BDF is managed by the Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre (TECC) and is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA).

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