Advance Qld Round 3 Community Digital Champions include 3 inspiring tech leaders from Mackay

Advance Qld Round 3 Community Digital Champions include 3 inspiring tech leaders from Mackay

Minister Leeanne Enoch has just announced the latest round of Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions. Included in the 18 new inductees are Geoff Fleming, Clinton Begg & Steven Pace from Mackay.

Geoff Fleming

A digital technology ambassador with a strategy for success

Geoff Fleming has been an ambassador for digital technology in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday area for over fifteen years. More recently he has been very active in developing a digital economy strategy for the region.

Geoff is a great proponent of the role technology can play in reshaping regional economies. He is working with other local stakeholders to implement the digital strategy that aims to:

  • boost digital literacy in the small business and community sectors
  • broaden digital technology education options in the area including opportunities for mentoring and links with industry
  • increase employment opportunities in the region
  • promote the local industry’s success stories through a series of regional roadshows.

Geoff also gives his time and expertise to advance the digital technology network in Mackay by:

  • serving as President of the Mackay IT Network
  • organising networking and development opportunities
  • representing the local industry at all levels of government
  • chairing the stakeholder reference group driving the implementation of the regional digital strategy

Geoff will continue to work towards implementing the region’s digital strategy and represent the northern region at a range of state and national forums.

Geoff is nominated by: Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils Ltd.

Clinton Begg

Helping not-for-profit organisations understand social media

Clinton Begg is a Mackay local and passionate NRL fan who is scoring his own digital conversions by helping local businesses and not-for-profits to adopt social media platforms in their marketing mix.

Clinton manages online campaigns including strategy, training and content as Director of CB5 Management. With a diverse background in retail business, community work and stadium management, Clinton is using his skills and experiences to ‘give back’ to his local community.

Clinton provides his expertise and assistance to a wide variety of not-for-profit (NFP) organisations. He provides on-going support to:

  • Cootharinga North Queensland, a disability support provider
  • Mackay District Rugby League Referees Association
  • Mackay Women in Business
  • Incredable Limited, a recycling initiative that provides employment for people with a disability and other disadvantaged job seekers.

He helps these groups to successfully promote their services and increase public awareness on their social media platforms by:

  • developing a social media strategy
  • creating engaging content
  • adding value to online campaigns through innovative technologies
  • mentoring individual staff and volunteers to embrace digital technologies and use social media platforms effectively.

As a digital champ, Clinton will continue to ‘pass it forward’ in the Mackay region by taking more NFPs under his wing. He is planning to assist a local neighbourhood centre and a new charity to engage with social media.

Clinton is nominated by: Cootharinga North Queensland.


Steven Pace

A dedicated digital media educator

For more than 20 years, Steven Pace has been inspiring, innovating and informing in the field of digital media education and research.

Steven is associate professor and head of digital media at Central Queensland University’s Mackay campus. Steven is held in high regard as a leading educator and has received many accolades and awards including the National ICT Educator of the Year and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Steven extends his passion for digital media education beyond the university walls by actively engaging with school students, local businesses and community groups.

Over the past few years, Steven has undertaken many community projects including:

  • high school workshops that involved interesting practical activities such as creating a 3D animation and designing a mobile game prototype
  • video production workshops for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, in collaboration with national youth mental health foundation, Headspace
  • university student projects designed to engage with local businesses
  • free public events that featured enticing guest speakers from Oscar-winning visual effects studios.

As a digital champion, Steven will continue to encourage a deeper knowledge of digital media technologies in his many roles as researcher, teacher, digital education and training expert, and public speaker.

He also plans to continue with his community workshops, combining valuable hands-on experience with an insight into how digital technologies are reshaping our future.

Steven is nominated by: Central Queensland University Australia.


For the full roundup, head to the Advance Queensland website:

Dennis is an Electrical and Control Systems Engineer and was appointed President of Startup Mackay Inc. in June 2016. He is a member of Engineers Australia, AISA, MITN, DMLA within the Education, Training, Research and Innovation Pillar, and the Reference Group for the Digital Economy Strategy. He has also been inducted into the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion program where he aims to encourage Queenslanders to explore and enjoy the benefits of the digital age. You can follow Dennis on Twitter @DenMurphy or connect with him on LinkedIn (


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