TOMORROW TODAY: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale looks at mobile devices in front of the Polaris Data Centre in Springfield.
TOMORROW TODAY: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale looks at mobile devices in front of the Polaris Data Centre in Springfield. Rob Williams

City spins into digital future

IPSWICH residents can be brought up to speed on our city's digital future and find out how it has become a leading force in the digital economy.

An online video, produced by Ipswich City Council, showcases the city's digital achievements and what a digital future might look like.

Titled Ipswich - A Digital Future, the film provides insight into such initiatives as the NBN rollout, the Global Info Links project and the development of the Polaris Data Centre.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the city had been developing digital opportunities since the mid-1990s.

"We knew what was ahead," he said in the video. "We knew that manufacturing industries like the railway workshops, the woollen mills and the coal mining industry were on the decline.

"We knew that in 15 years we had to do something and rather than wait, we did something back in 94 - we came up with the Global Info Links project."

"Why? Because 90% of the jobs in the world are in the information technology area so we'd be silly not to go down that path.

"Now we are in a digital economy...and our unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country."

Biztopia managing director Michael Munt, who also featured in the video, explained: "The NBN is a real game changer for the majority of businesses. There's going to be direct impact on the way businesses run and the way they can carry out their business.

"But it's also going to open up a whole new raft of opportunities of collaboration, interaction. A lot of the uses haven't even been thought of yet."

With the Ipswich population forecast to increase from 180,000 today to 462,000 by 2031, digital infrastructure was set to provide support and growth for the city's many industries.

Cr Pisasale said the council had been working hard to identify and highlight opportunities on offer to attract investment in Ipswich's digital sector.

Go to youtube.com/watch?v=XMFRB-1AwhY.



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