2017 Forum

Broadband for the Bush Forum VI

Department of Commerce, WA Govt. Principal Sponsor

Indigenous Focus Day   21 June 2017
Broadband for the Bush Forum 22-23 June 2017

Rydges Esplanade Hotel Fremantle Perth WA.

Mini menu: Program, Sponsors Speakers Hub, Indigenous Focus Day, Delegates info, Register now.

Theme: Remote, Connected and Savvy!

In 2017, the Broadband for the Bush Alliance is hosting the 6th forum, building the network of people who are passionate about enabling remote and rural Australians to enjoy connected contemporary lifestyles and enterprises.

This year’s theme “Remote, Connected and Savvy!”, reflects the growing wisdom and experience in the network, and signals that it is time to use the data and stories about current issues and successes to set future agendas with targeted audiences who need to listen.

Noel Nannup Noongar Elder

Be prepared to participate in this forum by sharing your story, setting discussion points and resolving issues, while keeping an eye on potential future directions.  This forum is a robust conversation within the network to strengthen the network and support its members.

Welcome to Country

 Dr Nannup is a well-respected Noongar Elder. He is a known story teller and cultural guide, instructor and mentor. Noel is a Nyungar/Injabarndi man who has worked to promote public awareness of the importance of caring for the environment. His father Charles William Nannup lived and worked around Mundaring Weir and he belonged to the Bibbulman people. Noel Nannup’s mother was Alice Isobel Bassett and was from the Pilbara. We look forward to Dr Nannup welcoming us to the land on which we will meet.


The program is being detailed every day as speakers are finalised. We are excited about our keynotes.

  • Professor Hugh Bradlow, FTSE, Chief Scientist Telstra (Pictured)
  • Tim Kelsey, Chief Executive, The Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Charles Thomas, National Farmers Federation
  • Mia Garlick, Director of Policy for Australia & New Zealand/ APAC Regional Co-ordinator, Facebook Australia
  • Stephen Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications


The Indigenous Focus DayCAT Mobile phone hotspot

Indigenous voices about local experience have a space to share, listen and set agendas for local people. This facilitated day recognises Indigenous strengths, knowledge and experience and provides opportunities for talk, setting agendas and questions.

Our program is ready and we have great people willing to share their stories with you. Invitations are out.

Contact forum organisers if you would like to be considered for an invitation.

Main Forum

The varied membership of Broadband for the Bush include rural and remote families, organisations, service providers and Government. The main forum provides a platform for professional discussion, sharing of information and data, and an opportunity to look ahead.

Increasingly at this forum, we blend cultural, social, educational, business and technical agendas. We use this network’s strengths to view agendas holistically and make practical decisions.

How can you or your organisation set agendas, contribute to debates and share your experience? be ready to speak out at the forum about ideas you have.

Sponsorship opportunities

Thanks to our sponsors on board so far. The Forum Committee has a 2017 Sponsorship Package providing opportunities for all stakeholders to be involved and to promote their work and organisation. You might consider how you could be part of the event, and importantly part of the conversation. Exert informed influence and help provide opportunity for others to come and participate, or to improve your profile with this varied audience.

If you wish to be a key stakeholder in this event or have specific ideas you want to discuss, call the event organisers Michelle Williams and Paul Sutton from Digital Learning Futures now. 0414813491  0418750236.  forum@broadbandforthebush.com.au


Principal Sponsor: Department of Commerce, WA Government

Silver Sponsor: Telstra Australia

Bronze Sponsors: Desert Knowledge Australia, Encapto Wifi, Facebook, InfoXchange, Vodafone, URSYS, Active8me, Optus

Indigenous Focus Day Hosts: IRCA and ACCAN

 Other supporters: LotteryWest and Northern Institute, CDU.

Promotional campaign

The Forum Committee  are sharing news of the forum with a new Promotional brochure. Download it and share it in your networks too.  You are part of the team.

Online community and news

This website will continuously tell you the latest we have, so drop in regularly. If you can’t find what you need, please ask and we will certainly help and add new information to the site. This site is for this community, so we welcome your feedback and ideas.

Check out and “Like” the Facebook Page. Search for “Broadband for the Bush”. Join in posts and encourage others to find the page.  Build your network.

As we draw closer, you’ll be invited to participate in online conversations too. If you want to initiate conversations, drop us a line and we’ll help you.


Forum coordinators: Michelle Williams and Paul Sutton from Digital Learning Futures.

0414813491  0418750236.