When the global pandemic hit in 2020 and forced Victorians to work from home, Cecilia Connellan, Transformation Manager at Buloke Shire Council, understood the challenges that this would bring to councillors and staff.
Buloke Shire Council (Buloke) is a rural Victorian council located in Wycheproof, about 4 hours north-west of Melbourne with offices located in Charlton, Birchip, Donald and Sea Lake. The council was yet to start their cloud journey when the pandemic hit and relied on on-premises infrastructure to deliver services to staff and councillors.
Many Buloke staff live in rural locations and on farms, with slow Internet connectivity. To make matters worse, the council did not have a dedicated Internet link and shared Internet services with the local town residents. This made it very difficult for council staff to remain productive while working from home. Cecilia worked with the Victorian government to organise a grant to help the council accelerate their journey to Microsoft 365.