Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New IT service to offer training for seniors, advice to business in Collie

    26/08/2005 12:00 AM

    The Gallop Government has provided $200,000 to improve information technology (IT) services to the Collie community, South-West Minister Mark McGowan announced today.

    Mr McGowan said the funding would allow IT service and training provider Connect South West to extend its service delivery into Collie.

    The funding is a part of the State Government’s $5.5million South West Online commitment, aimed at improving the uptake and use of telecommunications and Internet technology in the South-West Region.

    “The funding will enable Connect South West to offer IT training for seniors, community groups and provide one-to-one IT advice to small business,” the Minister said.

    “It will also enable the company to continue to offer businesses and community groups the chance to develop their own websites through the highly successful portal.”

    Collie-Wellington MLA Mick Murray said the new service would give Collie residents the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of IT, particularly those who had missed the chance in the past.

    “Many elderly people feel they have been left behind by the computer age and this is their chance to see what it is all about,” Mr Murray said.

    “It will also help local businesses that want to upskill and market themselves more effectively.”

    Mr McGowan said the funding commitment was part of the Gallop Government’s commitment to improve services to all Western Australians, particularly in the regions.

    “We have seen an enormous increase in the adoption of technology in other communities in the South-West and would like to see this replicated in Collie,” he said.

    “By providing this funding, we are helping to diversify the economy by improving marketing for businesses and giving them the ability to sell and deliver services via the Internet.

    “From a social perspective it helps bring together the social fabric of the town by making services better known and more accessible.”

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