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Delivering Local, Growing Global.

Helping businesses across Golden Plains benefit from the arrival of the National Broadband Network is the aim of a partnership initiative being driven by the University of Ballarat, Golden Plains Shire Council, and the Australian and Victorian Government.

The Central Highlands Digital Enterprise project is providing free workshops, training, and individual mentoring to businesses and not-for-profits across the Ballarat, Golden Plains, Pyrenees and Hepburn municipal areas.  

Workshops covering a range of online skills and topics will be rolled out in advance of broadband being commissioned within the Hepburn shire.  The manager for the two year program Gerrie Carr-MacFie has been liaising with Golden Plains Shire Council and Central Highlands based training providers to ensure a suite of learning opportunities meets the needs of local businesses. 

“To date we have consulted with Bannockburn Chamber of Commerce, local tourism and retail businesses. We are tapping into local based networks and expertise to deliver quality training and mentoring.  Where possible we use local resources.”

“It’s about local help for local businesses. To date Social Media workshops have been popular in Ballarat and Hepburn. In November we are offering Social Media workshops and mentoring at Bannockburn, MYOB training at Creswick, and a business/NBN  EXPO at Moonambel”

Over the course of this two year initiative we will respond to the skill and training needs identified by local business groups. We can design and commission training according to requests providing the need is established” advised Carr-MacFie.

Bannockburn Chamber of Commerce committee member Kerrie Kruger is encouraging members to sign up to workshops and mentoring.

“It’s one thing to attend a workshop, but actually getting our Chamber businesses to use the new skills and knowledge online is more difficult. The individual mentoring provided by the Central Highlands Digital Enterprise project will really help us put the training into practice,” she said.

Golden Plains businesses and households can check right now to see if fibre, wireless or interim satellite services have been commissioned in their area. It’s just a matter of visiting the website.

More information on the training and mentoring for businesses and not-for-profit organisations can be found at 

More Information:
Gerrie Carr-MacFie
Central Highlands Digital Enterprise Program Manager 
Ph: 0408 153 949 E: