A Goldfields road trip

This week, the Go Digi team took a road trip to the Victorian Goldfields region to start mapping out the first Pop Up Festival Trail for the National Year of Digital Inclusion. The trail will consist of learning events over four days in late February, spread out across the Goldfields region.

Mark from Bendigo Library

After a slow start battling the Melbourne traffic, we were happy to hit the highway to make our way to the bustling hub of Bendigo. We met Mark Hands, Acting CEO of the Goldfields Library Corporation, which has 11 libraries including a mobile library.

Mark shared with us some of the popular digital literacy programs they run, including Know your Gizmo which brings together high school students with Seniors for one-on-one help with technology. Another popular program is the Goldfields Connect which helps students to share music they produce online.

Susie from Castlemaine Libary with a Go Digi 'totes' bag

Our next stop was the Castlemaine Library. We met Manager, Susie Prestney. Susie is part of the e-Gov Ready Libraries Planning Team. The team is a group of library professionals who have come together as part of an action learning project sponsored by the State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network.

It was great to hear of the much-needed work that Susie and the e-Gov Ready Libraries team are undertaking to find ways of helping people use government services online. We discussed the potential to co-create new learning guides for the Go Digi website, as well as hold a pop up learning event as part of the Goldfields Pop Up Festival Trail.

Amy from Maldon Neighbourhood Centre with Go Digi pins

Our last stop was the historic town of Maldon. We met Amy Atkinson, Coordinator of the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre. This lively neighbourhood house provides access to wi-fi, lap-tops and well as running a range of digital learning sessions for the community.

We spoke about potentially running workshops in both Maldon and Baringhup. The first would be a hands-on creative workshop to help people take and share photos online, and another to help people create a resume.

Robbie knitting at the Stockfield Cafe as part of the Knit-A-Row-and-Go

Before heading back to Melbourne, we caught up with Robbie Stockfeld, one of the very first people to register as a Go Digi Mentor, at the Maldon Cafe. The café is supportive of community initiatives, such as Knit-A-Row-and-Go, where visitors to the café can help knit scarves for people at need. We think it could be an excellent place to run a Pop Up learning event, as they also have free wi-fi access.

Thanks to everyone who met with us and we look forward to working together to create a fantastic pop up festival!

If you are in the Goldfields region and would like to participate either by running an event or volunteering, please let us know at [email protected]

We would love to hear from you.