Council backs computers for community

Ella Misisa, 10, of Slacks Creek has received a refurbished computer to assist with her online schooling.
Ella Misisa, 10, of Slacks Creek has received a refurbished computer to assist with her online schooling.

Published: 23rd April 2020

Accessing online information from home will be easier for more Logan families thanks to locally rebuilt computers.

The refurbished devices are being rolled out by the electronic waste recycling team at Kingston-based Substation33, the social enterprise arm of Logan’s YFS community support services.

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The project is being funded and supported by Logan City Council in partnership with the Logan Together community movement, YFS and Substation33.

Devices have been supplied to families and people most in need.

Slacks Creek mother Chiquita Misisa said computer access would allow her family, including daughter Ella, 10, to face the coming weeks with confidence.

“Education for our kids is very important to me and my husband,” Ms Misisa said.

“Academically they are doing well and we didn’t want them to fall behind.

“But we were wondering what we were going to do without a computer. This has been a huge relief for us”.

Logan Mayor Darren Power said Council remained focused on supporting local families and residents through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our top priority at this time is the safety and wellbeing of our community, customers and staff,” Mayor Power said.

“More people are working and studying from home and require support and technology to do so.

“Our community members are rising to these new challenges and Council is proud to support them on this fantastic initiative.”

Logan Together Director Matthew Cox said current social distancing requirements had reinforced the importance of every child having equal learning opportunities.

“Logan Together is focused on the wellbeing of every young child in our community and on what they need to thrive,” Mr Cox said.

“It has become very clear in the last few weeks just how critical access to a computer is for connection, but there are many families in Logan and across Australia who don’t have that access.

“Logan Together is very pleased to be able to provide these computers to families in Logan, providing online connection now and into the future.

“It is absolutely fantastic that we have been able to meet some of the need here in Logan but this is a much bigger issue that needs to be addressed across the state and country.

“If we address it well now we will leave a lasting legacy for families.”

To continue the initiative, Substation33 is in urgent need of donations of computers, screens, keyboards, mice, power and monitor cables.

The enterprise is accepting donations during business hours at 31 Mary Street, Kingston, or they can be contacted on 07 3826 1533 to make arrangements for larger collections or pick-ups.

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