The former Tasmanian premier, who is now the director of a consulting business in telecommunications, was in Bendigo this week to address the NBN4Bendigo committee.
“The NBN will quite easily take Bendigo towards being an international city,” Mr
“When I explain to people what can be done, 95 per cent – almost everyone – gets it immediately and says, why can’t people in Bendigo create wealth that way?”
Tasmania was the first state to receive NBN infrastructure during Mr Bartlett’s time as premier from 2008 to 2011.
He said there were “opportunities we missed”, as part of the early rollout.
“Now I’m sharing the Tasmanian story, showing what
a bright hope for economic and social renewal the NBN is,” he said.
Mr Bartlett said the three major benefits for regional cities such as Bendigo are new ways to create wealth, new ways to communicate enabled through fast and pervasive internet and the creation of
“new solutions to old public policy problems”.
“This city wants to speak to the rest of the world, whether that’s to tourists or to investors,” he said.
“We have here in Bendigo the intersection of a great lifestyle with new opportunities for wealth creation.”