Big bucks for digital hub
THE community of Coffs Harbour is getting a helping hand to assist local people and businesses to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the National Broadband Network (NBN).
The Coffs Community College has been allocated $230,688 from the Federal Government to establish a Digital Hub at the Bray St Complex.
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said the Hub will help individuals improve their online and digital literacy skills and assist them to understand the opportunities created by the fast, affordable and reliable broadband delivered by the NBN.
"Every Australian will have access to the NB and therefore it is essential programs like this are available so that everyone can learn about and embrace the online opportunities that are possible through the NBN," Senator Conroy said.
The coordinator of the Coffs Coast Community College's Digital Hub Program, Ray Budge, said the funding was a shot in the arm for the group.
"It acknowledges our grass roots community connection, and builds on our local socially inclusive training history," Mt Budge said.
Under the NBN's three-year rollout plan, the laying of fibre services to 27,800 homes and businesses across Coffs Harbour and Sawtell by mid-2015.