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NBN training for small businesses in Wollongong

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HON SHARON BIRD MP Minister for Regional Development Minister for Regional Communications Minister for Road Safety

STEPHEN JONES MP Member for Throsby



Minister for Regional Communications, Sharon Bird and Member for Throsby, Stephen Jones today attended a forum to inform local businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the Illawarra on how to make the most of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

At the forum, Minister Bird announced that Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra will receive a Rudd Government grant worth $284,756 to deliver training that will help local businesses compete globally and create jobs of the future.

Minister Bird said this was a great opportunity for local businesses and not-for-profits to embrace the future by learning more about the NBN.

“Labor is building the NBN for all Australians. No matter where you live - in the cities or in regional Australia - you will have access to the NBN,” Ms Bird said.

“The NBN’s faster, more reliable and affordable broadband means reduced costs for businesses and local families, and the opportunity to improve productivity and create jobs locally.

"Only under Labor will all people living in the Illawarra get the fast, affordable broadband future they need. Under the Coalition, there will be a digital divide in every suburb."

RDA Illawarra will deliver training services as part of the Rudd Government's Digital Enterprise program.

They will work with local businesses to raise awareness of the many benefits of high-speed broadband and increase the take up of digital means of doing business.

The Wollongong Digital Enterprise will deliver group seminars and one-on-one support sessions, which will include training on website development, cloud computing, online marketing, e-commerce, and social media.

CEO of Regional Development Australia Illawarra, Natalie Burroughs, said many businesses in Wollongong would benefit from the funding.

“RDA Illawarra is very excited to deliver this much needed free digital training,” Ms Burroughs said.

“The opportunities are immense for businesses—there are new markets to tap in to, new ways of doing business, better and quicker access to customers.”

Mr Jones said the Wollongong Digital Enterprise is one of 70 that the Rudd Labor Government is establishing across Australia.

“More than 10,000 organisations have already benefited from the advice and free training that the enterprises are delivering,” Mr Jones said.

“The NBN is world-class infrastructure that will serve Australia’s broadband needs now and into the future.”

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Media Contact: Darrin Barnett 0428 119 703

Wednesday 24 July, 2013