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Project Update - 11 August 2010

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Local Government actions

Wimmera Southern Mallee Local Government NBN forum – register now!

  • Forum for local government representatives and other stakeholders. Due to the calling of the federal election the content of this event will depend on the outcome of the election, however representatives from the State Government and the Australian Telecommunications User Group will be attending:

What: Forum for LGA representatives
When: Wednesday 8 September 2010
Time: 9.00am – 12.00pm
Place: Banksia Room, Grains Innovation Park, 110 Natimuk Road, Horsham
RSVP: Clich here to register

Horsham broadband community information session

  • Invite and encourage residents and businesses in your LGA to attend the broadband community information session in Horsham on 3 August 2010. The information session will include a Q&A session and presentations from the State Government, Australian Telecommunications User Group and a local business.

What: Information session for local businesses and residents
When: Tuesday 7 September 2010
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Place: Yellow Gum Room, Grains Innovation Park, 110 Natimuk Road, Horsham
RSVP: Click here to register

Useful information

Ballarat ICT Breakfast and Forum – Use-Inspired ICT and the National Broadband Network

  • A representative from your LGA may be interested attending the Ballarat ICT breakfast and post breakfast National Broadband Network forum on 17 August 2010 with guest speaker Dr Ian Oppermann, Director, CSIRO ICT Centre. The event will bring together ICT professionals, University of Ballarat researchers and other associates from Ballarat and the broader region. Click here for more information

What: Breakfast ($20.00 per person)
When: Tuesday 17 August 2010
Time: 7.30am for 7.45am
Place: Neighbourhood Cable Conference Centre, Greenhill Enterprise Centre, University of Ballarat Technology Park
RSVP: Email g.daffy@ballarat.edu.au by 13 August 2010

What: National Broadband Network Forum (no cost)
When: Tuesday 17 August 2010
Time: 9.15am to 10.30am
Place: Neighbourhood Cable Conference Centre, Greenhill Enterprise Centre, University of Ballarat Technology Park
RSVP: Email g.daffy@ballarat.edu.au by 13 August 2010

NBN coverage

Project team activities

Project website

ICT survey

  • The ICT Survey was closed for reporting purposes on Friday 30 July 2010, however it continues to record responses.
  • Survey responses for the Central Highlands region as at 11 August 2010 are 435:
                      LGA Online responses Hard-copy responses
                      Ararat Rural City 73 0
                      Central Goldfields Shire 6 0
                      City of Ballarat 12 1
                      Golden Plains Shire 11 0
                      Hepburn Shire 35 0
                      Moorabool Shire 238 2
                      Northern Grampians Shire 2 0
                      Pyrenees Shire 54 1
                      Total 431 4
                       
                      *Please note: the survey responses from the Moorabool Shire were taken from the Moorabool
Community Broadband and Telecommunications Strategy ICT survey responses
  • Combined survey responses for the Central Highlands and Wimmera Southern Mallee regions as at 11 August 2010 are 720
  • Example of survey responses from the Central Highlands and Wimmera Southern Mallee regions as at 11 August 2010 (excluding Moorabool Shire responses)
                      Quality of mobile phone coverage
                      Excellent 3.26%    
                      Very good 11.20%    
                      Good 20.98%    
                      Fair 26.48%    
                      Poor 35.85%    
                      Unsure 1.83%    
                      No answer 0.41%    
                       
                      Current internet services
                        Speed Reliability Cost
                      Excellent 6.11% 8.96% 4.07%
                      Very good 18.74% 29.53% 13.65%
                      Average 40.53% 36.86% 39.10%
                      Poor 18.94% 13.85% 21.79%
                      Very poor 11.20% 4.48% 12.02%
                      No answer 2.24% 4.07% 7.13%
                      Non completed or not displayed 2.24% 2.24% 2.24%
                       
                      The most important issues about the internet
                        Better and faster   Reducing the cost of access
                      Strongly agree 73.52% 67.82%
                      Agree 17.72% 18.74%
                      Neither agree nor disagree 3.87% 8.15%
                      Disagree 0.41% 1.02%
                      Strongly disagree 1.02% 0.61%
                      No answer 3.46% 3.67%
                       
                      Would you use the internet more…
                      If it was faster 76.58%  
                      If it was cheaper 64.36%  
                      If digital television and telephone were integrated 23.22%  
                      If I knew more about how to use things 13.65%  
                      I wouldn't. It's fine as it is now 9.57%  

Case studies

  • Online case study template launched
  • Word version of the case study template launched
  • Telephone interviews conducted:
  • Bannockburn Chamber of Commerce – 27 July 2010
  • Bannockburn Primary School – 19 July 2010
  • Cave Hill Creek – 21 July 2010
  • Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum – 26 July 2010
  • Creswick Post Office – 27 July 2010
  • Dulkeith Computer Services – 9 August 2010
  • Montemedia – 2 August 2010
  • Ramirez Farming – 20 July 2010
  • Virtually Yours – 21 July 2010

Stakeholder consultation

  • Met with Senator Stephen Conroy in Ballarat – 10 August 2010

Communications

Event participation

  • Presenting at the Central Highlands Mayors and CEOs meeting – 20 August 2010
  • Presenting at the Horsham broadband community information session – rescheduled to 7 September 2010 due to the calling of the federal election
  • Presenting at the Wimmera Southern Mallee Local Government NBN forum – rescheduled to 8 September 2010 due to the calling of the federal election

Contract

  • Awaiting formal contract documentation – last update provided by Justine Linley 14 July 2010

In progress

  • Mapping telecommunications infrastructure
  • Mapping ICT survey responses
  • Analysing ICT survey results
  • Writing up case studies
  • Conducting desktop research
  • Documenting study findings

Next update

  • The next fortnightly update is scheduled for distribution on 23 August 2010

Further information