Helping Parramatta seniors stay connected

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

The Australian Government is helping senior citizens to stay connected with their families, friends and communities, providing more than $10,000 in funding and IT equipment for seniors’ broadband kiosks across Parramatta, Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne said.

Senator Payne today visited Parramatta City Council’s Broadband for Seniors Kiosk with Parramatta City Lord Mayor, Cr John Chedid, to meet participants and see first-hand how the program is benefitting local seniors.

“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 City 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.

Cr Chedid said 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.”