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Google Roadshow headed to West Wyalong


One of the world’s largest technology companies will come to West Wyalong later this month to run a special workshop for local businesses.

Online giant Google has partnered with Bland Shire Council, the NSW Business Chamber and Murray Riverina NSW Business Chamber to offer a free training event on the morning of Tuesday 27 June.

West Wyalong is one of just three country towns and cities – alongside Wagga Wagga and Tamworth – chosen to host the Google Digital Garage Roadshow.

Former local businessman Damien Vanden Bergh, who now works as Business Manager NSW (North) for Newspower Australia, recently attended the workshop in Sydney.

“This course is amazing and a huge help for small business to be able to get set up online (even without a website) and it's free,” Mr Vanden Bergh said.

“They even have a free online course for any small business that wants to take their business further in the online world.”

The workshop is being held at the West Wyalong Services and Citizens Club from 8.30am-11am and people can register online for free at

In the meantime, local businesses are encouraged to register for the Bland Shire Business seminars on Tuesday night 13 June.

Facilitated by Bland Shire Council, the seminars will feature specialised presentations regarding the National Broadband Network, solar energy and the Bland Shire Digital Database.

The Office of Environment and Heritage will deliver a seminar titled “Solar for Business Demystified” which will explain in plain English the different types of solar technology available and the trends in solar power use in Australia and around the world.

The seminar will also explain the different options available for local businesses wanting to switch to solar and save money on bills. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their power bills and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Jonathon James will deliver a presentation regarding the National Broadband Network while Anthony Dunstan will provide an update on the Bland Shire Digital Database which is being built as part of the NSW Government Future Towns program.

The seminars will run from 6.30pm-10pm on Tuesday 13 June and businesses can register for free by emailing Council’s Senior Economic Development and Tourism Adviser Jeff Stien at by the close of business on Friday 9 June.