The local community of Lockyer Valley will get more than $665,000 and free expert advice for embracing the National Broadband Network (NBN), as part of the Gillard government's new training program.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council will receive $400,102 to operate a digital hub, while HB Recruitment and Training will receive $265,000 towards a digital enterprise.
The digital hub and enterprise will both aim to deliver training to the local community – including businesses – to help them take advantage of the NBN.
The digital hub program will be delivered in up to 40 communities, commencing early 2013, and the services rollout for the digital enterprise program across 44 communities that benefit from the NBN commenced in October last year.
Acting Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator Kim Carr, claimed the construction of the NBN fibre network will have commenced, or will be complete, to about 3600 premises across the Lockyer Valley area by mid-2015.
According to Labor senator for Queensland, Mark Furner, the free training gives local people access to expert advice in understanding the possibilities of the NBN, while helping businesses create the jobs of the future and compete on a national and global scale.
"Every Australian will have access to the NBN's fast, affordable and reliable broadband. Therefore, it is essential programs like this are available so that everyone can learn about and embrace the online opportunities that are possible through the NBN," he said.
He also expects the training and assistance to improve digital literacy and online engagement.