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SSC Newspaper : February 2014
strategy they incorporate into their businesses. “ The feedback has been extremely positive from the participants,” Mr Austrin-Miner said. “ They are engaged and want to learn more about ways that they can put their business into the digital economy”. “ We even had a participant in his 80s who wants to learn more about modernising his business. And that’s by going digital. But we concede to the fact that not every business is going to go that way.” The NBN officially launched in Strathfield and Homebush in late 2013. Now a number of homes and businesses are eligible for the network. Strathfield Council has received grants for the Digital Local Government Program from the federal government for the digital delivery of council services to the local community, which will commence in 2014. The Digital Economy Strategy will dovetail with the DLG program and seek to facilitate the digitalisation of local businesses. “ There are a large number of small businesses in Strathfield and the digital economy is perfect for these,” Mr Austrin-Miner said. Strathfield’s Silicon Valley, page 11. Strathfield Council is consulting with businesses and the community to develop a Digital Economy Strategy for the local area. The aim of the strategy is to facilitate local businesses to effectively leverage the high speed broadband that is currently being rolled out in the Strathfield area. Strathfield Council is working with Attentive Consulting to engage with the local business community through surveys, meetings and workshops. The development of the strategy involves carrying out a skills audit and developing options for a blueprint for businesses development in the local area. Approximately 60 local business people have already been consulted in group workshops and over 500 surveyed online for the development of the Digital Economy Strategy for Strathfield. Sam Austrin-Miner of Attentive Consulting says the digital economy is about creating jobs. It is estimated there could be opportunities worth between $150 million and $300 million in “gross added value” for the local economy. The consultation is asking businesses how much digital FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS 4 Strathfield Scene STRATHFIELD’S ONLINE ECONOMY ‘WORTH UP TO $300 MILLION’ Charles Casusc elli RFD MP Member for Strathfield Authorised by Charles Casuscelli RFD MP. This advertisement was produced using parliamentary entitlements. ADVERTISEMENT Come and Meet I look forward to meeting you at one of the following local places: 1. Saturday 15th of February at Homebush shops on Rochester Street from 10.00am 2. Saturday 22nd of February at Strathfield Plaza on Churchill Avenue, Strathfield from 10.00am If you aren’t able to make it on the day, please feel free to visit me at my Office: 54 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134 (02) 9747 1711 (02) 9747 6054 email@example.com charlescasuscelli.com.au facebook.com/CharlesCasuscelliMP STRATHFIELD STATION Sex charge dropped Police have withdrawn charges against a 34-year-old man who was accused of raping a teenage girl at Strathfield railway station last month. The accused said outside the court: “I’m ver y relieved. It was very stressful. I’m just glad it’s over.” He was accused of taking a 17-year- old girl off a train and into a disabled toilet block. His case made the front page of the Daily Telegraph newspaper, amid calls for more security on Sydney’s trains. ENFIELD Rezone land Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli has written to the new CEO of NSW Ports, Stephen Cleary, presenting the case for rezoning land residents believe they should be given for recreational use. The land, on the site of the Enfield Intermodal Centre, is currently zoned industrial. But NSW Ports concedes they don’t need it, and residents believe they were originally offered it as compensation for the loss of amenity the transport link will cause. HUME HIGHWAY Road upgrade Motorists travelling on the Hume Highway can expect some disruptions over the coming weeks after the State Government announced that it will be spending $2.2 million resurfacing the road. The works will be between Wallis Avenue and The Boulevarde at Strathfield South. It is expected to take about six weeks to complete construction. Annually, as a business owner, I have saved around $60,000. — T h iva Thuraiappah, Lali Business Consulting Four years ago, Thiva Thuraiappah was sitting at a desk in a large accounting firm, dreaming of a change from the routine of his job. Three years ago, he started his own fully digital-based business. Now he and his two employees work, communicate and manage clients from their tablets. The business, Lali Business Consult- ing, specialises in creating accounting customer relationship management (CRM) systems for businesses. It’s a 100 per cent digital business and Mr Thuraiappah said he would not have done it any other way. The benefits include cutting costs, more efficient time management and learning new skills. Thiva Thuraiappah of Lali Business Consulting, a 100 per cent digital firm. “We set up the systems for different businesses – marketing companies, restaurants, you name it,” he said. “We are 100 per cent digital. If any of our clients have any queries, we help them remotely and online. “We have even saved paper – we hardly print a thing in the office. And because we only use tablets and operate the business everything remotely, we have severely cut costs. “Annually, as a business owner, I have saved around $60,000. “This includes travel expenses, equipment, office supplies, but ultimately, by going digital, both myself and my employees can spend more time with our families.” In brief Strathfield ice skater Danielle O’Brien, the 23-year-old former Meriden student, has sent a special message to her local fans from the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. She arrived this week from her training in Detroit, US, with her performing partner Greg Merriman from Canterbury. In a message sent to the Scene, she said: “A big thank-you to Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli for his messages of support and to all of my Strathfield neighbours, who have always shown interest and support in my skating endeavours. “Thanks also need to be extended to Meriden School for the support to pursue both my academic and sporting goals. “I am representing Strathfield and Australia in Sochi.” Danielle will be among the first to compete after the opening ceremony early Saturday, and her results may be on the official Sochi website (www.sochi2014.com) as you read this. Her parents have flown out from Sydney to be by her side. She said: “ When I touched down in Sochi it finally hit me how far I’ve come from the excited seven-year-old stepping onto the ice at Canterbury Ice Rink.” Thank-you Strathfield and Australia for sending me to Sochi