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Charters Towers, Charters Towers, Queensland, AU
Climate zone:
Dry Tropical

Blake Hudson Elsie Brewton Leon van Wyk Valeria Andrews Vanessa Monge Augusto Fernandes
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Project Type

Rural, Commercial, Community, Permaculture Local Group/Transition Town/Permablitz

Project Summary

The E-village is a model for the online connection of a small regional community.

Project Description

By building a commercially viable model, the e-village aims to provide small communities with a way of sustaining connectivity without the issues of ownership and funding.

The prototype is being piloted in Charters Towers, a town of about 8000 people. This community has struggled for years to come up with ways to share information about community activities and support services, to encourage local economic activity and reduce reliance on artificial/external sources of funding, such as grants.

The e-village model allows all organisations - commercial and not-for-profit - the chance to gain no-cost web exposure, add news, make free telephone calls, promote events through a centralised calendar and generally to communicate with their preferred audience.  The precise nature of functionality will be determined within the community.

The project is being developed in close consultation with major commercial operators within the town as well as with the major coordinating community group.

Every person in (and beyond) the town can become a member at no cost, and receive their choice of regular updates regarding events and activities, news and other items of interest.

Through this model, we aim to create a model that is replicable across communities, enabling them to more effectively connect and share within their own communities.


Connecting communities one person at a time

Nurturing key relationships within the community has proven fruitful to getting the e-village off the ground.

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