Joondalup moves into digital economy

Guest speaker National Broadband Network community account manager Peter Gurney. Pictures: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d402571
Guest speaker National Broadband Network community account manager Peter Gurney. Pictures: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d402571

The forum heard from CSRIO business development manager Geof Heydon and National Broadband Network community account manager Peter Gurney, who spoke about how businesses could take advantage of the rollout of the network in Joondalup.

As part of the strategy the City has established an innovation fund which will allocate $100,000 in the coming financial year to support business innovation.

Mayor Troy Pickard said Joondalup was the first local government in metropolitan Perth to launch a digital strategy.

‘Joondalup is already home to state-of-the-art research institutes, a major health campus, leading education and training organisations and dynamic business clusters, and the City is well positioned to maximise the benefits of the digital economy and the technological advances ahead,’ he said.

Department of Commerce general manager Jim Wyatt said the State Government was encouraging other local governments to develop digital strategies.

‘With vast improvements in information and communication technologies, high-speed connectivity and widespread use of internet-enabled devices, now is an ideal time to plan ahead and take action in the digital space,’ he said.