Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy has announced the funding to be used at the Community College facility at Bray Street.
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy has announced the funding to be used at the Community College facility at Bray Street. Allan Reinikka

Digital Hub slated for Coffs

THE COFFS community is set to benefit from the establishment of a digital hub at Coffs Community College.

Made possible by a $230,688 Federal Labor Government grant, the digital hub will support training and skills development for local residents, allowing them to better understand and engage with the opportunities offered by fast broadband.

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy has announced the funding to be used at the Community College facility at Bray Street.

"Every Australian will have access to the NBN's fast, affordable and reliable broadband," he said.

"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."

In welcoming the news, Labor Duty Senator for Cowper, Matt Thistlethwaite, said the local community in Coffs

Harbour really understands how important the NBN is for the regional economy.

"With the rollout of the NBN well underway in Coffs, the digital hub will support training and skills development for local residents, allowing them to better understand and engage with the opportunities offered by fast broadband," he said.

"I congratulate the Coffs Community College for its successful bid and I look forward to seeing the expert training and online assistance in action."

Ray Budge, coordinator of the College Digital Hub Program, said the decision to award Coffs Coast Community College acknowledged the grass roots community connection and builds on local socially inclusive training history.

Under the three-year rollout plan, construction on NBN fibre services will have started or been completed for 27,800 homes and businesses across Coffs Harbour and Sawtell by mid-2015.



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