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  • The Central Highlands ICT Study commenced during March 2010.The Wimmera Southern Mallee ICT Study commenced in June 2010The Moorabool Strategy was developed in the period between March 2009 and March 2010The Ballarat ICT 2030 Strategy was developed during 2007.
  • As with the first wave of broadband there are major new growth opportunities afforded by the move to high capacity broadband.The Grampians Region has been proactive in positioning itself for the earliest possible deployment of the national broadband network.The goals is to achieve depth of ICT adoption and use – across community, business and government activities – and as a result capture transformative impacts and benefits.Key regional organisations including LGA are able to provide ICT leadership through their own operations and activities.
  • Wimmera Southern Mallee region 318 responses Total 843 responses
  • Word frequenciesmobile - 257service - 190phone - 167have - 152coverage -142use - 123internet - 119area - 109work - 108would - 94more - 89outs - 81slow - 76home - 75speed - 62
  • Eighty-one percent (81%) of respondents used email very often for work purposes. Forty-nine percent (49%) of respondents very often conduct research on products/services at work. Providing information about products and services was the next most common service with 43% of respondents using this internet service at work.Other services used very often for work purposes included instant messaging (21%), internet telephone (19%) and social networking (13%).The main frustrations or barriers encountered in using mobile, internet or other ICT services at work included Speed (36%), Mobile Coverage (30%) and Internet reliability and drop outs (12%)
  • Eight-three percent (83%) of respondents commute between home and work.The car was by far the most common transport used for commuting purposes (89%). 13% of respondents walk and 9% commute by train.41% of respondents spend an average of one hour or less commuting each week.53% of respondents use ICT services when commuting.Using a mobile phone is the predominant ICT services used when commuting 84%, followed by Internet 15% and Handsfree 14%The main frustration or barriers encountered in using ICT services when commuting was Mobile Coverage (70%).
  • Ninety seven percent (97%) of respondents use a mobile phone.70% access mobile phone services through Telstra. Optus (14%) and 3 (5%) hold the next largest market shares.99% of respondents use the Internet.The most common types of internet access were ADSL (54%), Wireless 3G (29%) and Satellite (17%).Telstra Big Pond holds the largest share of the ISP market (42.9%). Other providers that share the regional ISP market include TPG (7.3%), Activ8me (4.9%), Internode (3.7%) and Optus (3.5%).
  • Home (80%) and Work (68%) are the places where the internet is used most.Sixty one percent of respondents pay morethan $45 for their monthly internet service costs. Many regional households and businesses are unable to satisfy their preference for high quality broadband servicesForty percent (40%) of respondents have plans to upgrade their internet services.67% of respondents are unsure of the timeframe for their internet upgrade.38% are unsure about the type of upgrade planned.
  • Sixty nine percent (69%) of respondents strongly agree and 19% agree that better and faster broadband is the most pressing and important issue about the internet. There was also significant support for reducing the cost of access (64% strongly agree, 20% agree), enhancing internet safety and security (43% strongly agree, 23% agree) and for better supporting mobility (30% strongly agree, 26% agree).
  • Goal is to actively facilitate and advocate for the earliest and most extensive possible deployment of the NBN in Victoria.Maximise the economic and social benefits from the use of ICT.Ensure regional Victoria captures benefits through increased productivity, innovation and quality of life
  • Research undertaken by Access Economics Telecommunications Spend and Demand Report in Victoria May 2010, identified 13% of the Victorian telecommunications market would have taken up a NBN like service in June 2010 if offered.By 2010, this demand is expected to grow to about 50 percent.
  • Rollout of the NBN over the next few years will present both challenges and opportunities.Opportunity to capture and share learning from early release sites.Victorian ICT Action Plan confirms the Victorian Government can play a key role in facilitating the physical deployment of the NBN.Much of the information that NBN require exists but is not readily accessible.Recent communication with Mike Kaiser confirmed the benefits of asking what NBN Co can make best use of…Thanks for the update.Tony and or Trent will be able to help you identify what information requirements we can make best use of (as opposed to what many people want to volunteer...)We are engaging in stakeholder scans in our second release sites, which include "deep dives" with councils and utilities to distil the precise info we need to make good planning decisions and make best use of existing infrastructure, but the guys can give you details.
  • By being proactive the goal is to achieve more timely access to the NBN and through expanded competition achieve better pricing, choice and quality of services for end users.Another outcome may be improved access to public sector information and data
  • In the first instance goal is build an evidence base to support strategic statewide planning and local advocacy.In parallel there may be opportunities for RDA regions to establish linkages with Victoria’s research efforts (e.g. NCITA, IBEW, research)Participate in the valuable advance in knowledge which are being generated when ICT R&D is linked with other fields of research.Develop innovative, collaborative and community-wide solutions.Attract funding to support innovative projects demonstrating the next generation of ICT (cIIF, Re-Innovate Broadband Program) etc.

Wimmera mallee sustainability alliance 12 may 2011 Wimmera mallee sustainability alliance 12 may 2011 Presentation Transcript

  • Regional ICT Planning
    27 October 2010
  • Presentation overview
    Update on the Grampians Region Technology Audit and Study
    Activities and communications
    Research outputs
    Case studies and collaboration models
    Victorian approach to regional ICT planning
    Potential to extend research tools and data collection approaches
    Achieve the fastest possible rollout of the NBN
    Foster innovative use and application of ICT
  • Coordinated regional and local planning
    Grampians Region Strategic Plan
    Grampians Region Technology Audit and Study
    Central Highlands ICT Study
    Wimmera Southern Mallee ICT Study
    Moorabool Regional Broadband and Telecommunications Strategy www.moorabool.com.au
    Ballarat ICT 2030 Strategy www.ballaratict.com.au/2030
  • Information and knowledge management www.cecc.com.au > Research > ICT Studies
  • Research objectives
    Gather ICT related data from a regional level
    Map ICT adoption levels and service satisfaction
    Identify areas of pent up demand for ICT services
    Considering the aspirations and intentions of local government, residents, businesses and other stakeholders
    Identify areas of potential opportunity
    Recommend actions
  • Project activities and communications
    Media coverage
    Profiling regional readiness for high speed broadband
    Wimmera Mail Times, Ararat Advertiser, Ballarat Courier and ABC Radio
    7.30 Report – ‘Broadband Hangs in the Balance’ – David Ryan, GRHA
    Stakeholder consultation
    Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy
    NBN Co
    State Government
    RDA Grampians
    Central Highlands Mayors and CEOs
    LGA briefings
    Regular project updates
    Able to access online or PDF versions
  • Project updates Publish online at www.cecc.com.au
  • Survey responses Examples from Central Highlands ICT Study (525 responses)
  • Central Highlands ICT study
  • Mapping
    Business and resident survey feedback on telecommunications and ICT
    Existing telecommunications infrastructure
    Current broadband coverage
    Regional ISP Providers
    NBN coverage
    Bacchus Marsh NBN Stage 2 release site area
    Australia NBN initial, NBN fibre, NBN wireless
  • Case studies
    Writing up case studies including:
    A public internet access site in a small Wimmera township
    Bannockburn Chamber of Commerce
    Bannockburn Primary School
    Cave Hill Creek Camp
    Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum
    Creswick Post Office
    Dulkeith Computer Services
    Horsham Colour
    Ramirez Farming
    Virtually Yours
  • Collaboration models
    Document regional readiness for utilising broadband communications in areas including:
    Describe model for ongoing:
    Regional ICT collaboration
  • Positioning Victoria
    ICT is a fundamental driver for long term change
    What approaches to ICT planning can be shared?
    How can communities identify ICT priorities based on their unique regional needs, attributes and assets?
    What tools and approaches might assist in increasing readiness for broadband communications and effective use?
    What partnerships can be forged to leverage ICT regionally/locally?
  • RDA Victoria
  • Build a regional knowledge base
  • Develop evidence base for local advocacyNorthern Grampians Shire response summary
  • Develop evidence base for local advocacyInternet cost (1= $150 per month - 5 = $15 per month)
  • Develop evidence base for local advocacyInternet speed rating (5 = excellent/very high - 1 = poor/very low)
  • Develop evidence base for local advocacyMobile quality (5 = excellent/very high - 1 = poor/very low)
  • Share knowledge about the NBN
  • NBN 1st and 2nd Stage release sites
  • Gather information to support NBN Co
    Work with NBN Co and others to identify planning information requirements and gaps
    Liaise with RDAs and LGAs so they can be informed about the type of data that would be beneficial
    Provide services to support the contribution of data from multiple custodians
    Map outputs on a local, regional and statewide basis
    Develop a knowledge base that potentially supports a more rapid rollout of the NBN in Victoria
  • Example of NBN data requirements
    Demographic data (more current than ABS)
    Location of commercial, industrial precincts
    Growth corridors
    Greenfield sites
    Environmental and heritage overlays
    Areas currently poorly serviced by existing broadband
    Govt properties (Local, State and Federal)
    Educational and Health facilities
    Barriers to construction (rivers, highways, cliffs)
    Knowledge of existing infrastructure (exchanges, RIM & HFC)
    Infrastructure programs (significant LGA civil works and or other planned developments
  • Coordinate Regional ICT planning
    Confirm State Government and Victorian RDA Committee support for coordinated regional ICT planning
    Establish a Steering Committee to oversee research and engagement activities
    Extend the research tools and approaches piloted in the Grampians
    Support RDA Committees in leading research and engagement with LGAs and communities
    Build a regional knowledge base, support local advocacy, assist the NBN rollout and inform strategic planning
  • Further information
    Helen Thompson
    Centre Director
    University of Ballarat
    Phone: 03 5327 9418
    Email: h.thompson@ballarat.edu.au
    George Fong
    Lateral Plains
    Phone: 03 5335 2243
    Email: george@lateralplains.com