Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has called on community organisations in Far North Queensland to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to help get seniors online.
Mr Entsch said the federal government was providing grants of up to $50,000 to local organisations 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 Far North Queensland to maintain their independence and keep connected with family and friends,” Mr Entsch said.
“Participants in the program get free, personalised face-to-face coaching and access to interactive tutorials and resources.
“Local organisations including Cairns and District Senior Citizens’ Association, Cooktown Library and Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre are already delivering the program in the region, but more are needed.
“I encourage organisations in Far North Queensland 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.
For further information about Be Connected or to join the network go to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au or call 1300 795 897.