Victorian Regional Partnerships to develop digital plans
Victoria’s nine regional partnerships will share in $1 million provided by the Victorian Government to develop digital plans to address the needs and priorities of their region.
The program includes investigative fieldwork and mapping of current services including mobile coverage, improved fixed broadband for businesses, and digital hubs and co-working spaces.
Each plan will include a complete picture of digital infrastructure needs and identify the local opportunities that unleash the latest economic and social potential of using new technology.
The need to address the digital divide when it comes to access and use of quality infrastructure and services was an overwhelming theme across the nine regional partnerships.
Over the past 18 months, the Regional Partnerships have made a significant impact. Each partnership’s voice – and that of others – led to a $45 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 for digital initiatives across the state.
Regional Parnerships were awarded additional funding of $45 million was in in the 2017/18 Victorian Budget following a call from all nine Regional Partnerships for improvements to digital infrastructure.
Regional Partnerships have been established in Barwon, Central Highlands, Gippsland, Goulburn, Great South Coast, Loddon Campaspe, Ovens Murray, Mallee and Wimmera Southern Mallee.
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