Digital strategy for Dunedin released

A list of 12 projects to develop a "Digital Dunedin" is part of the city's digital strategy, confirmed at the final full council meeting before the election yesterday.

The projects included developing a wireless network across the central city and outlying suburbs, a Dunedin city portal to integrate information in a single entity, and establishing a "computer club house" to provide digital access for those who could not access it.

Some of the projects could cost up to $500,000, but not all are seen as council-led projects, and there is, as yet, no funding committed.

The draft strategy, headed by steering group chairman Cr Dave Cull, was planned to work alongside the Government's nationwide deployment of broadband infrastructure.

Its aims included increasing the access, affordability and the quality of digital networks, supporting digital innovation across the city, raising the level of knowledge and skills to use the technology, and increasing assurance that digital services were safe and reliable.

The strategy's section on funding said financial support could come from local businesses, technology companies, the Government, trusts and local or regional councils.

The next stage for the strategy, which the council approved yesterday, was to seek funding resources and commitment from key stakeholder groups for a feasibility study for the implementation of the strategy.

The meeting noted $25,000 would be sourced from operational budgets for the feasibility study.

Council customer services general manager Grant Strang told the council it was not being "asked to build every bit of fibre network", but to find where the gaps were, and help provide the leadership to find the answers.


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