Net guru to talk at Fin­ley

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

Farm­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers are in­vited to at­tend a seminar fo­cused around im­prov­ing in­ter­net con­nec­tively and mo­bile cov­er­age around the farm.

It will be held at the Fin­ley Apex Sport and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on July 29, start­ing at 7pm.

South­ern Grow­ers Inc, with the sup­port of Aus­tralian Na­tional Land­care and Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices, is host­ing the evening to pro­vide lo­cal pro­duc­ers with in­for­ma­tion on how they can im­prove their ser­vices.

The groups have en­gaged Cooma’s Aus­tralian Public Ad­dress Sound man­ager and in­dus­try guru Ian Ware to at­tend and share his skills, tips and tricks for re­li­able in­ter­net ser­vice.

South­ern Grow­ers Farm­ing Sys­tems Com­mit­tee chair Phil Snow­den said there are con­straints busi­nesses are fac­ing due to lack and qual­ity of in­ter­net and mo­bile cov­er­age.

‘‘The Na­tional Broad­band Net­work has rolled out to a small per­cent­age of ar­eas and doesn’t look like con­nect­ing the rest of us for eight years, so we need to get an un­der­stand­ing for our­selves about what can be done,’’ he said.

‘‘As the de­mand in­creases for pro­duc­ers and ad­vi­sors to stay at the cut­ting edge of their pro­fes­sion, they have no op­tion but to use dig­i­tal tools to en­sure they are keep­ing ac­cu­rate records.

‘‘They are us­ing this for mar­ket­ing their pro­duce to reap the best pos­si­ble re­sults in agri­cul­ture thereby max­imis­ing their on­farm prof­itabil­ity.’’

Ian Ware spoke at the re­cent Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (GRDC) up­date in Fin­ley.

Mr Snow­den said pro­duc­ers who at­tended thought his pre­sen­ta­tion was ‘‘ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing’’ and wanted to know more about what tech­nol­ogy is avail­able.

Mr Ware es­tab­lished his Cooma-based com­pany 30 years ago and has em­braced new tech­nolo­gies along the way to en­sure he de­liv­ers the best to his clients.

He has found ways to make them both use­ful and user-friendly in even the most re­mote lo­ca­tions.

From this, Mr Ware has de­vel­oped a spe­cial in­ter­est in in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity over long dis­tances.

At the seminar, Mr Ware will also ad­dress how peo­ple on the land can get in­ter­net ser­vice from in the home to out on the prop­erty and in their ve­hi­cles.

He will be stay­ing in Fin­ley overnight and will be avail­able for fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion with in­di­vid­u­als or groups the fol­low­ing day.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact South­ern Grow­ers Inc ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Stephanie Chap­pell on 0417 444 750.

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