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Grants to get seniors connected online

Federal Minister for Durack, Melissa Price, has called on community organisations in her electorate to apply for a share of up to $20 million in funding to help get seniors online.

Ms Price said the Federal Government was providing grants 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 Durack to maintain their independence and keep connected with family and friends,” Ms Price said.

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

“Local organisations - including about 20 community resource centres right across my electorate - are already delivering the program, but more are needed.

“And now that the McGowan Government has done a backflip on pulling funding from CRCs, I would encourage more CRCs, along with other organisations, to join the network of local partners and offer digital skills and social support to seniors in our community,” said Ms Price.

“It was about time Regional Development Minister Alannah McTiernan and the State Government actually listened to community concerns, and reversed the appalling decision they announced in April to cut about $5 million from these vitally important regional hubs.”

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 about the Be Connected program, or to join the network; go to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au  or call 1300 795 897. A range of grants are available.

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