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Funding means more rural MITE

FEDERAL funding of $1.225 million has been released for Modular Interactive Technology Environment facilities for seven WA telecentres.

The Networking the Nation funding has been awarded after a successful six month trial of a prototype MITE unit in Exmouth.

The MITE units have been developed by Imago Mulitmedia Centre over the past two and a half years. The two room transportable buildings contain a multimedia computer room, a videoconferencing system and a satellite television viewing area.

The units can operate as a local communications hub for any rural community.

The Exmouth Telecentre MITE withstood the ravages of Cyclone Vance and within a few days of the disaster was operating as a communications centre for the town.

Imago MITE project manager Bill McGinnis said possessing a MITE would be of advantage to any Australian community in the information age.

“Firstly, the MITE will ensure a local community is not left behind to become part of the ‘information poor’ in the years ahead,” Mr McGinnis said.

“Secondly, the MITE offers opportunities for revolutionising standards of health, education, training and most other government services.

“It also provides a world class access to global business, learning and cultural information.”

Mr McGinnis said interest in the MITE concept had been growing steadily since the first prototype arrived in Exmouth in September.

“Another Networking the Nation application has just been submitted for a MITE facility at Borroloola in the Northern Territory,” he said.

“We have written a multi million dollar MITE proposal for Malaysia and are developing a version specifically to serve the health needs of Aboriginal communities.”

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