Senator inspects seniors broadband kiosk

Western Sydney Senator Marise Payne visited Parramatta's Broadband for Seniors kiosk today to see how the program is helping seniors. 

Ms Payne said the federal government is helping local seniors to stay connected with their families, friends and communities by providing more than $10,000 in funding and IT equipment for seniors’ broadband kiosks 

“Broadband for Seniors kiosks provide free access to computers, the internet and basic training to help seniors build their confidence and skills in using new technology,” Senator Payne said. 

“The initiative helps senior citizens in Parramatta and surrounding suburbs to stay connected to loved ones through social media and other communication channels and provide training on internet safety, fraud and scams.” 

Senator Payne said the government is providing funding to Parramatta council, Baptist Community Services (BCS) Yallambi at Carlingford, UnitingCare Ageing Mayflower Villas at Pendle Hill and Wentworthville and UnitingCare Aged Care Centre at Westmead. 

The funding is part of a $6.1 million program being rolled out nationally, comprising $3 million for 1,500 new touch screen computers, $2.6 million for training for about 1,300 kiosks and $500,000 to help community organisations cover the cost of internet connections.

Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said the council’s kiosk is a great way for local seniors in Parramatta to stay connected with their families and friends, perform everyday tasks and indulge in their hobbies. 

“As we can see today, information technology is vitally important for people from all walks of life and council is delighted to be able to help local seniors take advantage of everything the web has to offer,” Cr Chedid said. 

“Participants at the kiosk have learnt a range of skills, from communicating on Facebook and Skype, paying bills online and simply searching the web to access the vast amounts of information available. 

“I would like to thank Senator Payne and the federal government for providing the funding and resources that enable council to deliver these important services for our residents.”

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