Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, have called on community organisations in Solomon to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to help get seniors online.
Senator Scullion said the Turnbull Government is providing grants to local organisations to deliver free digital skills training to people over 50 as part of the Be Connected program.
“Michael Gunner has all but forgotten about senior Territorians which is why this CLP investment is so important.
“By joining the Be Connected Network, organisations help seniors in Solomon to maintain their independence and stay connected with family and friends,” Senator Scullion said.
Community organisations that join the network can apply for a range of grants, including:
- an Activation Grant of $2,000
- a Get Online Week 2018 Event Grant of $1,500
- a Building Digital Skills Grant of up to $15,000, depending on how many people they have registered on the Be Connected website.
Mrs Ganley said participants in the programme get free, personalised face-to-face coaching and access to interactive tutorials and resources.
“Local organisations including Darwin Council libraries in the CBD, Casuarina, Nightcliff and Karama, the Palmerston Council library, the Bangladesh Association of Northern Territory Inc in Durack, the Darwin Mens’ Shed in Casuarina, the Darwin Persians in the CBD and the Marrara-based Italian Club Darwin and The Vietnamese Community in Australia – NT Chapter Inc, are already delivering the programme in Solomon but more are needed.
“I encourage organisations in Darwin and Palmerston to join the network of local partners and offer digital skills and social support to seniors in our community.”
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.