NBN Co helps Vic Park community get connected
Published on 23 October 2020
A new partnership between the Town of Victoria Park and NBN Co is boosting support to community members and small business owners to get connected to the internet and improve their digital skills.
Launched during Get Online Week (19-25 October), the Digital You! partnership program will increase access to digital skills, information and support. The program aims to help people to connect to the broadband network from their home or business and take advantage of the social and economic benefits the nbn™ network can provide.
“During Get Online Week 2020 we reflect on the impact of COVID on those who are not connected. More than ever, those without digital access and skills are increasingly unable to participate in society, and are missing out on the social, health, employment, and financial benefits of being connected,” said Mayor Karen Vernon.
“Our Council is passionate about including our community in the digital world. By teaming up with NBN Co we are able to help more community members gain access and skills, to help ensure that no one is left behind.”
“Connecting to the nbn network can provide the community with many social and economic benefits such as staying connected to family and friends through social apps, saving time and travel costs by doing online banking and shopping, using the internet to consult medical professionals and providing access to online learning for students”, said Rachael McIntyre, General Manager of nbn Local.
The partnership includes an nbn Community Ambassador working from the Victoria Park Library with the Town’s Digital Hub team to provide one-on-one and small group digital literacy skills support, information and training each Wednesday from 9am to 4pm until mid-December.
“We understand there are many people who find it a bit overwhelming and are uncertain about how to access the internet or make the most of what it can do for them, but there is help available,” said Ms McIntyre.
Community members can access support from the new program by contacting the Victoria Park Library.
Jennifer Wood, who visited the library for some support during Get Online Week, said this service is very empowering for seniors.
“It’s a great concept to educate people and help seniors about communicating online, being aware of safety online, and having the confidence to do it,” she said.
“I want to learn to be tech savvy, to not be frustrated, to be able to navigate computers with ease and confidence. I think this is a fabulous and very welcome service for seniors in particular.”
NBN Co is the company that is building and operating Australia’s national broadband network, the digital platform which is delivering digital connectivity to homes and businesses across Australia. NBN Co’s purpose is to ‘lift the digital capability of Australia’ and part of its approach is to support digital literacy, skills and knowledge in our local communities.
To find out if your home is ready to connect to the nbn™ network visit www.nbnco.com.au/residential and simply type in your address.