Illawarra set to benefit from digital economy push

Federal Labor MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, have today welcomed the release of the Commonwealth Government’s National Digital Economy Strategy, indicating that the Illawarra would benefit from the early roll-out of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

“This region has been at the forefront of the NBN roll-out starting at Kiama and Minnamurra and is set to reap the benefits of high-speed broadband for health, education and telecommuting.

“I encourage the region’s business, health, education and civic community to work with RDA Illawarra and its Broadband Sub-Committee to develop a region-wide digital economy strategy so we are ready to take full advantage of the NBN”, Sharon Bird said.

Stephen Jones said, “The opportunities ahead of the region by building on its knowledge and experience in the digital economy will mean increased business and jobs growth.

“The digital economy will change the way we do business, visit the doctor, learn at school and university, and work from home”.

Ms Bird, who is the Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications, and Mr Jones, who is also a member of the Committee, are about to wrap up a public inquiry into the role and potential of the NBN.

Ms Bird and Mr Jones, with the support of Regional Development Australia Illawarra, were instrumental in ensuring that Kiama and Minnamurra were among the first mainland test sites for the roll-out of the NBN.