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Building Kiama's digital economy

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Building Kiama's Digital Economy

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today launched the Kiama Digital Hub and Digital Enterprise services during a visit to the NBN Futures Expo 2012. The Expo highlights the opportunities of the National Broadband Network (NBN) for Kiama and showcases what broadband-enabled applications and services can do. “I’m delighted to be in Kiama today and I commend Kiama Council, the Expo organisers and exhibitors for their strong business and community engagement and their enthusiasm for the NBN rollout in their community,” Senator Conroy said. The Digital Hub at Kiama Library will provide free online training for local residents to help develop people’s digital literacy skills and give people the opportunity to experience the NBN. Kiama Mayor, Sandra McCarthy, said the Digital Hub is a visionary example of what a regional community can do with the NBN. “The local community and visitors now have the opportunity to experience the NBN, get training and realise the possibilities of the NBN in a shared learning environment,” Ms McCarthy said. The Kiama Digital Enterprise program, delivered by the Kiama Community College, will provide free group training seminars and one-on-one advice to small and medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations on how to get the most out of the NBN. Senator Conroy also announced that Kiama Municipal Council will receive $371,000 under the Digital Local Government program to use video conferencing and the NBN to deliver online interactive community engagement workshops on issues of importance to the local community. “For example, they’re starting with workshops on upcoming changes to waste management practices in the area. Residents will be able to join in discussions from their home, using videoconferencing over the NBN. “These consultations and workshops will dramatically improve the way Council engages with the community, and the voice local residents have in how their community works,” Senator Conroy said. Senator Conroy also visited the Telstra Connect workshop at Kiama High School, and the home of one of Telstra’s first NBN customers to see how they are harnessing the benefits of the NBN. For further details on these three digital economy programs visit:, and

Date: 27 March 2012 Media Contact: Suzie Brady: 0408 258 457