ROSS PEAKE July 04, 2012
An internet training room will be established at Gungahlin Library at a cost of almost $1 million.
The so-called digital hub will have professional trainers and a bank of computers to help local people and small business operators take advantage of the National Broadband Network.
Not-for-profit organisations will also be encouraged to develop their online presence and take full advantage of the internet.
Gungahlin is one of the first places in Australia where optic fibre cable is being installed for high speed internet access under the NBN plan.
The Federal Government will give $827,709 to the ACT Government to establish the digital hub and begin digital enterprise training services.
Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh said access to fast, affordable and reliable broadband was important for residents and business in Gungahlin.
"I congratulate the ACT Government for its successful bids and I look forward to seeing the expert training and online assistance up and running," he said.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said she expected 33,000 people to make regular use of the new training facility during the two year program.
The federal Government says that under its three year plan, NBN fibre services will have started or have been completed for more than 150 000 homes and businesses across the ACT by mid-2015. This includes Belconnen, Civic, Crace, Deakin, Kambah, Manuka, Monash, and Scullin.