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The RDA Northern Rivers Digital Activation Plan seeks to draw on local strengths and provide a practical platform for the region to embrace digital solutions and technologies.

Digital_Activation_StrategyThe digital economy has been gaining momentum for over 20 years and is now influencing every business, community and environment from the periphery to the core. For some, it may represent a threat to their traditional way of operating, for others it is an opportunity. The primary risk comes from inaction. The strengths of the Northern Rivers region must be harnessed to actively choose a future where digital becomes a foundation and catalyst for economically sustainable growth.

The Plan identifies 18 actions that can be completed in the short, medium and longer term that will support the Northern Rivers into a digital future. These actions have been categorised under 3 headings: Connectivity, Productivity and Implementation.

Key to the success of implementation will be the adoption and commitment of regional stakeholders and partnering with extra regional partners. The identification of local Digital Champions and businesses to act as examples of proactive digital first companies and local mentoring leaders will help the region to upskill using talent from within the region. This assists in providing an understanding of digital business models, which are vital to generate success and recognise how to plant the seed for growth.

Digital Infrastructure and connectivity are critical elements for the Northern Rivers regions success. Working with nbn to facilitate their deployment schedule and actively pursuing investment in mobile and WiFi networks is key to providing the connectivity fabric for all businesses large or small, wherever they are.

Through consultation with local leadership representatives, digital champions and other interested parties this Digital Activation Plan has been shaped to create a way to the future.

You can download a copy of the RDA Northern Rivers Digital Activation Plan here