THE Loddon Mallee region is becoming digital.
A new Becoming Digital Toolkit has been officially launched by iLoddon Mallee Chairman Bruce Winzar in a live teleconference between the former Premier of Tasmania David Bartlett and iLoddon Mallee representatives.
The Toolkit outlines an eight step process to help local authorities across the region develop and implement digital strategies, starting with an assessment of how ready the region is.
It is designed to get local authorities ready for the digital age, by sharing knowledge and linking the region up so they can work together to use the latest broadband technology to its full capacity.
The idea is to increase awareness of what broadband can do so that when the service is improved the region is ready for it.
It comes as a result of a workshop held in May that saw key local stakeholders and community members develop a digital strategy for the Bendigo region with help from Mr Bartlett.
“The Loddon Mallee region is setting the benchmark in our efforts to become a digital economy,” Mr Winzar said.
“We want to ensure the entire region uses current and future technologies to their full potential to improve business, education, health, social and environmental outcomes.
"This is a long running project that has two prongs; the first is to step up the roll out of high speed broadband and the second is to form a digital strategy committee.
"This toolkit sets out a road map that can assist local authorities to develop a comprehensive plan that will transform business in the future.
“It about allowing each major rural town to commence on their journey to the digital revolution.”
Meanwhile, Mr Bartlett, who said it was great to be “virtually back in Bendigo,” described the project as fascinating and forward thinking.
“Nowhere else have we seen a whole region taking this approach," he said.
“Every community no matter how small or given the proximity to the regional centre, can make a difference."