Winning gigatown comp ‘would benefit everyone’

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Winning Chorus’ gigatown competition is at the top of the agenda for a group of Oamaru people who are behind the local campaign.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the town to access a one gigabit per second internet connection.

Lance Streeter, Derek Golding and Nicolas Erdody held a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss strategy plans on how to ensure Oamaru wins the competition.

The competition requires communities to rally together to vote for their town.

For a vote to be counted, Oamaru residents will have to take to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and use #gigatown and #oamaru together in a post.

Entries will be evaluated on the size of the town’s population to allow for a fair competition.

“It’s going to benefit everyone,” said Mr Streeter.

“It’s incalculable how much it could benefit [the town].”

Mr Streeter said high on the priority list was to find out the competition rules.

The team will spend a lot of time speaking with locals businesses, schools, groups and individuals about how winning the competition would cause economic growth in the town and allow for faster downloading and programming on computers, tablets and phones.

“We are going to try our best. Our strategy is to win,” he said.

“We are pretty determined.”

Mr Streeter stressed that Oamaru needed to take this competition seriously.

“We would love to see Oamaru build as a town,” he said.

“We want to bring more money into the economy, which will then flow on everywhere.”

He said with the amount of filming that occured in the area, there was nothing stopping movie or television companies sending the footage to America for editing with the high speed internet.

The biggest challenge facing the group will be getting the entire community to support the campaign.

“We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves, put it that way,” Mr Streeter said.

“We want to go quite big.

“We are doing this for the greater good of Oamaru,” he said.

By Jessie Waite