10 August 2018

Grants to get Wide Bay Seniors online
Llew O’Brien, Federal Member for Wide Bay, is encouraging community organisations to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to help get seniors online.

 Mr O’Brien said the Coalition Government is providing grants of up to $50,000 to new local groups to help them get started to deliver free digital skills training to people over 50, as part of the Be Connected program.

“By joining the Be Connected Network, organisations help seniors in Wide Bay to maintain their independence and keep connected with family and friends,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Participants in the program get free, personalised face-to-face coaching and access to interactive tutorials and resources.

“Local organisations including the Tiaro District Community Centre, Bauple Broadband for Seniors and Cooroy Computers, as well as several Council libraries, are already delivering the program in Wide Bay but more are needed.

“I encourage organisations in Wide Bay to join the network of local partners and offer digital skills and social support to seniors in our community,” said Mr O’Brien.

More than 1,500 organisations have already joined the Be Connected Network across Australia, including libraries, community centres, clubs and aged care facilities.

To find out more information about Be Connected or to join the network, go to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au  or call 1300 795 897