On Friday 1 November Jodie Fox, co-founder of online success story Shoes of Prey will join Page MP Kevin Hogan at the Ballina Regional Gallery this Friday to launch the Northern Rivers Digital Economy Strategy.

The Strategy was developed by the Northern Rivers Digital Working Group and promotes the benefits of digital technology to improve and enhance business, education, health, access to services and communications.

Katrina Luckie, CEO of RDA–Northern Rivers said the strategy examines the potential impact of the digital economy on businesses and residents in the region: “While the National Broadband Network will provide opportunities for the Northern Rivers, this strategy is about us taking control, showing leadership and encouraging everyone to think about the opportunities that come with it.”

Other local people and organisations featured in the report include NorthCoast TAFE, NSW Sugar, Feros Aged Care, Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell and digital EMMY® winner dirtgirlworld.

The strategy recommends action under six headings:  householder uptake, business engagement, government services, lifelong learning, health and aged care, and the environment.

RDA-Northern Rivers is currently establishing a Digital Strategy Task Force to lead its implementation. It will comprise representatives from the education, health and aged care, business, not-for-profit and local government sectors.

Ms Luckie added “we’re hoping the Northern Rivers Digital Strategy will encourage all our residents to look at technology as something that can enhance their lives and their businesses.”

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For more information please call Katrina Luckie, CEO RDA–Northern Rivers
Office 02 6622 4011 / mob 0428 663 025)

Notes to editors

  1. Media are welcome to attend the launch from 10-11am at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, 44 Cherry Street, Ballina (next door to the Ballina Council Chambers).
  2. The Strategy can be downloaded at rdanorthernrivers.org.au/projects-and-services/digital-economy/digital-economy-strategy.
  3. The Northern Rivers Digital Working Group was established in 2011 to support our region’s Councils to prepare for NBN readiness and to guide our transition to the digital economy. The group comprises representatives from RDA-Northern Rivers, NOROC, Southern Cross University, the North Coast Institute of TAFE and NSW Trade and Investment.
  4. The Northern Rivers Digital Economy Strategy was prepared by Symphony3 Pty Ltd, a Melbourne-based strategic IT consultancy firm.
  5. RDA–Northern Rivers is a non-profit community-based organisation that connects people and businesses in our region to opportunities through partnerships focusing on community, environment and economy.