Former Premier to talk digital futures at USC

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Former Premier to talk digital futures at USC


Published on 12 July 2012

The man who switched on the first non-Telstra owned fibre optic system in Tasmania will discuss high-speed broadband and the unprecedented opportunities it presents to local businesses, at the University of the Sunshine Coast this month.

Tasmania’s former Premier David Bartlett, in conjunction with the Innovation Centre and Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast, will conduct a free Digital Futures presentation at USC’s Lecture Theatre 7 at noon on Wednesday 25 July.

Innovation Centre CEO Mark Paddenburg said Mr Bartlett was heavily involved in planning for the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out, and had championed his home state as the first NBN location.

He also had an extensive career in the information technology and telecommunications sector prior to entering parliament.

“It’s proposed that more than $600 million will be invested in fibre infrastructure in the Sunshine Coast region over the next 10 years,” Mr Paddenburg said.

“The availability of ubiquitous, high-speed broadband is one of the cornerstones of the future. This is critical economic and social infrastructure that the Sunshine Coast needs to compete in the 21st century to maximise our prospects for regional employment and prosperity.”

Mr Paddenburg said the presentation would be of interest to small to medium-sized businesses, emerging and established technology-based companies, and aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs.

“This is a great opportunity for businesses and students to learn how they can use this technology to create wealth, communicate with customers and solve problems,” he said.

“In a connected world, the Digital Futures Strategy is very important to the region and particularly our clients at the Innovation Centre as they all rely heavily on digital platforms to grow their business and service global customers.”

Event bookings can be made online at

Michelle Widdicombe

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