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Australia’s First Online Community

Media release

The Hon Mal Bryce

Former Deputy Premier of Western Australia

Wednesday 30 March 2011

4pm – 5pm

Council Chambers, Level 3, Building 100, Curtin Bentley Campus


The Hon Mal Bryce will be the guest speaker at a seminar sponsored by Curtin’s John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP) and Curtin Business School on Wednesday 30 March.

Mr Bryce will speak about his new book which examines Australia’s first online community in Ipswich, Queensland.

Australia’s First Online Community is the story of a highly successful economic and social turnaround strategy implemented in Ipswich, during 1992 – 1997. It is a case study in innovation and regional economic development.

In the last 30 years Mr Bryce has worked as a cabinet minister, company director, corporate manager and senior consultant. He was the architect of Australia’s first online community in Ipswich and he led the team that implemented one of Australia’s first e-commerce projects.

NOTE TO EDITOR: Media are invited to this event. Please RSVP to Monique Billstein; Public Relations Consultant; Curtin University; 08 9266 3353; 0401 103 018;


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