About digitaleconomyfarwest

I work in regional development in far west New South Wales. Outback Australia! Blue skies, red dirt, lakes to kayak on just an hour drive down the road. There is a quirky arts community and lots of creativity and "outback culture". It's a dream place to live and work and make a film! Lighting is fabulous and the weather is perfect most of the year. There is a great golf course here too - grassed due to recycling of water. We have a mining and agriculture background but technology will empower our people to try new things. We are already innovative - we are just waiting on NBN Co to deliver the enabling technology - hopefully very soon.

Welcome to the Far West NSW Digital Economy Strategy!

Dear Friends of Far West NSW,

In the Far West New South Wales (NSW) region of Australia, we believe the strengths that our community has displayed in the past are the same strengths that can be revitalised with internet technology to drive our future. The digital economy and high speed broadband will provide the foundations for Far West NSW to become a leading region in Australia (and the world) in:

Whilst the region has some social challenges, including disenfranchised low income families, high unemployment, health issues, and disengaged youth, high speed broadband like that delivered by the National Broadband Network (NBN) provides the opportunity to tackle these issues in a variety of new ways. However, unless access to the digital economy is made available to all, there is a danger of a “digital divide” developing.  The Far West NSW region is committed to ensuring that from the outset we build an inclusive strategy that will address the issue of a digital divide. What is more, the processes and strategies built in this region to counter the digital divide can become a blueprint for narrowing the gap throughout regional Australia.

The rollout of high speed broadband presents the Far West NSW region with the best opportunity it has had in generations to develop our businesses and industries, and to support all our residents in the region. We wish to progress our region as a whole and truly commit to building an environmentally and commercially sustainable community. This strategy shares with you how our region intends to capitalise on this exciting new technology.

This strategy document is considered a living, changing document. It’s a digital economy strategy; therefore people can continue to provide feedback on our website (www.digitalfarwestnsw.com.au) by way of the comments section on the bottom of each page.

It is to be acknowledged that this strategy development has been jointly funded by RDA Far West NSW and the Broken Hill City Council. Thanks go to all the local stakeholders and community members who assisted in development of this strategy. We gratefully acknowledge the superior knowledge and understanding of this topic by our chosen subject matter expert, Fergal Coleman of Symphony3.

To begin reading the strategy click here or use the navigation menu above.

Download a pdf version of the strategy below:
FarWest NSW Digital Economy Strategy Booklet (pdf)

We look forward to implementing actions in this strategy.

Yours sincerely

Linda Nadge – Executive Officer            Frank Zaknich – General Manager
RDA Far West NSW                                     Broken Hill City Council