Perth named Australia's digital boom capital: Google

Summary:Google has knighted Perth as the top dog in its first "eTown Awards" in Australia.

Perth is better known as one of the cities sharing in Australia's mining boom, but it has now been named the capital of the nation's digital boom.

The Western Australia capital earned top billing in Google's inaugural Australian "eTown Awards", which ranked 600 communities on their online business activities.

Australia's digital economy is worth as much as the nation's iron ore exports, and is forecasted to grow by up to AU$70 billion over the next four years, according to business consultants Deloitte Access Economics.

The internet search giant said that Perth led the city rankings ahead of Yarra in Victoria, Adelaide in South Australia and North Sydney and Ryde in NSW.

Byron Shire in NSW led the regional rankings, ahead of Meander Valley in Tasmania, the Cessnock and Wingecarribee shires in NSW and the Scenic Rim region in Queensland.

"The web is transforming all businesses in Australia, not just those typically considered to be internet businesses," Google said in a statement.

Brendan O'Connor, federal small business minister, launched the awards in Perth on Thursday, and said that he hopes the awards will encourage other small businesses to get online.

"The digital economy is fuelling Australia's economic growth, and its important businesses of every size are well equipped to take advantage of the potential," he said.

This is not the first time that Western Australia has been in the technology limelight.

In March, IBM selected Geraldton, a city in Western Australia, as the recipient of an AU$400,000 grant as part of the vendor's smart city project . Geraldton submitted a proposal for the grant, detailing its intention to make the most of the National Broadband Network (NBN) and enabling the sharing of data between government agencies.

The city was one of 33 global recipients of the IBM smart city grant.

Spandas Lui contributed to this article.

Topics: CXO, Australia, E-Commerce, Google, Government, Government : AU

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