Community leadership group NBN4Campaspe has been launched to enhance communications with the wider community about broadband and local digital issues.By Trent Horneman
Campaspe Shire has officially launched its community advocacy for the National Broadband Network.
The community leadership group, NBN4Campaspe met for the first time last week, bringing together passionate community members to discuss plans to help encourage its rollout.
The group was recently formed under the auspices of Campaspe Shire to enhance communications with the wider community about broadband and local digital issues.
Cr Paul Jarman, council’s representative in the group, said while much of the first meeting was spent on ‘‘nuts and bolts’’ issues such as meeting schedules and affirming the scope of activities, some clear messages and actions emerged from the discussions.
‘‘The first meeting was very productive. It was great to get most of the groups members in one room for the first time and really get a sense of what we want to achieve,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s clear that this type of forum is going to dramatically improve our understanding of some of the issues and challenges out there in our key sectors and communities, as well as give a leg up to advocacy activities already taking place to entice early rollout of improved broadband to this region.’’
Cr Jarman said the group wanted to stay on the front foot.
‘‘This is about the community making council aware of the issues and concerns in this space, to ensure the right issues make it into our advocacy campaign. We are going to be pro-active in engaging with the community so we can respond positively to the issues out there,’’ he said.
‘‘This forum will really help to reinforce our advocacy for improved communications infrastructure in northern Victoria.’’
‘‘The group has committed to an active lead-up to Christmas and early into next year to get on top of things. The group is very keen to roll up its collective sleeves and get some runs on the board,’’ Cr Jarman said.
The group decided to meet monthly in Echuca until the end of the year, then set a meeting schedule in the new year.
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