The ICT challenges that small communities and individual LGAs are facing are difficult to tackle aloneCollaboration at a regional scale can support advocacy and other actions directed towards ensuring access and effective use of quality ICT servicesA focus on long-term regional scale planning may assist in identifying ICT initiatives which are capable of generating economic development and social inclusion benefits
As with the first wave of broadband there are major new growth opportunities afforded by the move to high capacity broadband.A number of regional communities have 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.Research approachesProject website used as a reference point to support community engagement and to disseminate information throughout the project period.Survey results report plus mapped output of spatial modelling techniques available via the project website.Infrastructure mappingwith online access to a series of maps of the ICT infrastructure and services in the region.Case studies spanning the ICT, education, tourism, agriculture and business sectors.Strategy – identifying recommendations and actions
Digital Economy Strategies• Ballarat ICT 2030• Moorabool Community Broadband and Telecommunications Study• Central Highlands ICT Study• Wimmera Southern Mallee ICT Study• Yarra Ranges Broadband Economy Report• Great South Coast Regional Communications Strategy• Southern Melbourne RDA – call for proposal out now
Central Highlands ICT Plan• Lateral Plains and the UB completed the Central Highlands ICT Study in December 2010. See www.cecc.com.au/chict_index.php• Last presented to the Mayors and CEOs Forum on 8 July 2011 to highlight opportunities under the National Digital Economy Strategy and the benefit of a collaborative and strategic response• At that time it was clear that the Moorabool Shire was confirmed as one of the first 40 communities to benefit from the NBN.• UB was seeking confirmation that Ballarat and Surrounds would be eligible for funding under future funding rounds
Central Highlands ICT StudyStrategiesLeadership celebrate ICT success – establish annual ICT showcaseAdvocacy achieve targeted engagement through distribution of study outputsInfrastructure build regional knowledge and skills – engage withdevelopers, engineers, plannersNBN aggregate data which NBN Co have confirmed will accelerate planning – initiate project tomaximise regional benefits from the Bacchus Marsh – Stage 2 NBN release siteLocal government establish ICT grants program, attract resources and supportCollaboration models business case development in advance of new fundingprogramsSkills build business and community readiness – position region as source for NBN skillsResearch and development monitor the social and economic impacts of ICT andbroadband diffusion in the Grampians region – Produce annual report card
NBN Rollout Plans• NBN Co rollout plans have further expanded since that time – most recently as a result of the announcement of 3 year rollout plan by NBN Co• Rollout activities in the Central Highlands will include fibre in Bacchus Marsh, Central Ballarat and Creswick and fixed wireless services in parts of the City of Ballarat, and Golden Plains, Hepburn, Moorabool and Pyrenees Shires. For more details see www.nbnco.com.au
Digital Economy Strategy• National Digital Economy Strategy programs – Digital Hubs program ($23.8m) – Digital Enterprise initiative ($12.4m) – NBN-Enabled Education and Skills program ($27.2m) – Digital Local Government ($17.1m) – National Telework Week• Moorabool Shire – Bacchus Marsh as one on first 40 communities to benefit from NBN (potential $2m+)
Digital Hubs and Digital Enterprise• On Friday 13 April, Senator Conroy announced round three of the Digital Hubs and Digital Enterprise programs• The local government areas of Ballarat, Golden Plains, Hepburn and Pyrenees are eligible Victorian communities under Round 3.• Central Highlands LGAs are likely to be invited to respond to other programs such as the Digital Local Government Program which assists local governments to deliver innovative online services—in particular, to homes and businesses.
Digital Hubs• The Digital Hubs program will provide residents in the local community with training in digital literacy skills to help them to participate in the NBN-enabled digital economy.• Community organisations, including public libraries and local councils are eligible to provide the activities.• The total amount of funding provided for the operation of a Digital Hub will generally be between $150,000 and $350,000 for a period of two years• www.dbcde.gov.au/digital_economy/programs_and_initiatives/digital_ hubs_program
Digital Enterprise• The Digital Enterprise program will provide training and advice to small-to-medium sized enterprises and not-for-profit organisations, including local cultural institutions.• The program will help these organisations to better understand how they can maximise the opportunities for greater digital engagement, enabled by the NBN.• The total amount of funding provided in an eligible location will generally be between $140,000 and $270,000 for a period of two years.• www.dbcde.gov.au/digital_economy/programs_and_initiatives/digital_ enterprise_program
Benefits of coordinated response• Regional stakeholders jointly developed the Central Highlands ICT strategy• Working at the regional scale is one of the success factors in attracting the NBN• Applications for the Digital Enterprise and Digital Hubs programs close in two weeks time (2 pm on 10 May 2012)• More efficient to prepare one application under each program rather a possible eight applications• Combining efforts could increase the quality and scope of activities• Activities could be tailored to meet regional priorities – e.g. agriculture, retail, tourism, community• Linkages can be established with established and emerging digital economy projects
Some project examples• AIS, ASC and VU – Sport Spatial Mapping and Data Analysis• Broadband Enabled Innovation Program – Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater – Three-dimensional tele-medicine – Green Monitor Energy and Environmental monitoring• NBN Enabled Skills and Education – Eureka I’ve Found It – Digitising regional historical collections from Ballarat and beyond• Digital Local Government – Improve the quality, availability and timeliness of local government service
Moorabool Experience• Broadband Enabled Innovation Program – High Capacity Innovative Broadband Web 3.0 Service Delivery• Digital Local Government – Enhanced business and community access to local government services will be achieved via web-based spatial mapping approaches that are replicable and scalable• NBN Enabled Telehealth Pilot – DHS, BHS, GRHA, Moorabool and Melton Shires, UB• Digital Hubs – ‘The Laurels’ – Bacchus Marsh’s community managed registered training organisation• Digital Enterprise – How can new local government service models be profiled? – Will evaluation outcomes support future regional planning?
Questions and discussion• LGA aspirations – Individually and collectively• Aspirations of other stakeholders – RDA Grampians, Ballarat ICT Limited, Lateral Plains, UB and others• Digital hubs – Where will hubs be located in Moorabool, Ballarat, Pyrenees, Golden Plains and Pyrenees regions• Digital enterprises – What are the existing networks that could be leveraged? (e.g. Commerce Ballarat, Ballarat ICT Limited, Central Highlands Primary Care Partnership, Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum, Local history networks, Sports Assemblies, Probus Clubs, Landcare Groups, etc.• Role for local government – Premises, staff, communications, marketing• Project partners – Project management, specialist skills, equipment, training, support services, evaluation…