Group bands together in bid to win Gigatown comp

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The plan to ensure Oamaru is crowned the Gigatown champion is under way.

A meeting of the Gigatown Oamaru committee at the Oamaru Opera House yesterday laid out the group’s plan to ensure Oamaru receives the fastest broadband in the southern hemisphere.

Gigatown Oamaru ambassador Lance Streeter said a meeting with a Chorus representative about the gigatown competition would be held on December 11.

The group was exploring what they could do to keep people involved in the Gigatown campaign, Mr Streeter said.

“There’s going to be a logo competition coming up soon where people can forward their own idea for a logo for Gigatown Oamaru,” he said.

The group were working to ensure people registered on the official Gigatown website for Oamaru, to make sure people’s efforts to promote Oamaru as Gigatown through social media counted.

There were “pretty huge” benefits to the town if Oamaru won the Gigatown competition, Mr Streeter said.

“It would completely transform the town and bring a lot of money into the economy,” he said.

“There’s both social and economic gains for the town.”

At the time of writing, Oamaru was first on the Gigatown leaderboard with 242,261 points.

Wanaka was in second place, on 200,990 points.

By DAVID DE LOREAN