We are a team of researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia who have teamed with Care Balonne, in St George Queensland, to help people in St George and Dirranbandi to develop or enhance their digital skills. Between February 2020 and July 2020, we will deliver a range of workshops from absolute beginner level to more advanced ones for people, including ones specifically for First Nations’ community members, wanting to enhance their social media entrepreneurial skills.
The aim of this project is to discover and support the perceived digital literacy and business communication needs of people living in Balonne Shire, and workshops will be held in St George and Dirranbandi.
St George is the administrative centre for the Balonne Shire. Dirranbandi is situated in the Balonne Shire. The Balonne Shire has been drought declared since 2013.
Agricultural businesses dominate the regional economy, making up over 50% of the region’s 925 businesses. Given that extreme weather conditions significantly and repeatedly impact the regional economy and the lives of community living in St George and Dirranbandi, it is imperative for people living in this region to develop income streams that are less dependent on agriculture and responsive to extreme weather conditions.
In this project we have partnered with CARE Balonne, an information and referral service covering the whole of the Balonne Shire, based in the town of St George in order to develop a project to lead and facilitate a digital media and business communication workshops addressing the particular needs of these communities.
This project is funded by the Australian Federal Department of Agriculture.