Tom Stephens

Tom Stephens

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    Information telecentre proposed for Carnarvon

    25/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Carnarvon may get Western Australia's first telecentre - an information and learning centre for people in remote areas, equipped with sophisticated telecommunications and computer facilities.
     
    Gascoyne Minister Tom Stephens said today telecentres were well established in some European countries and there were a few trial centres in other States.
     
    "Such centres give people in isolated areas access to education and information without having to travel great distances," Mr Stephens said.
     
    "They have the potential to boost job training and improve learning opportunities for people who otherwise would have to spend time and money travelling to universities or other training institutions."
     
    Communications equipment and computers enabled users to access lessons, TAFE and university lectures, training videos and Government services information.
     
    In the longer term, telecentres could also be used as one-stop shops for people to pay their bills using electronic funds transfer.
     
    Mr Stephens said he would ask the Gascoyne Development Commission to investigate the viability of a telecentre in Carnarvon.
     
    "I believe there is good potential for such a centre for the people of the Gascoyne region," he said.
     
    "I am sure people would be more interested in coming to Carnarvon to pursue their studies or training than relocating to Perth, with all the disruption and costs that would entail."