INTERNET BOOST FOR TRAVELLERS AT FLINDERS ST STATION

Posted on 07. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

Train travellers will be able to jump online faster at Flinders St Station and Southern Cross Station thanks to new computers funded by the Brumby Labor Government.

Launching the new computers at Flinders St Station today, Minister for Community Development Lily D’Ambrosio said the computers were part of a project with the Travellers’ Aid Society of Australia.

“Through a Public Internet Access Program (PIAP) grant of $7500, three additional computers have been installed at Flinders St Station bringing the total number to seven at the hub, and one additional computer has been installed at Southern Cross Station,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“More than 165,000 people use the services of the Travellers’ Aid Society of Victoria each year, so these computers will help more people access the Internet more quickly.

“These new computers will have people emailing, instant messaging and social networking with their friends and family all over the world at lightning speed to let them know they’ve arrived – or are departing – safely on their journey.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said use of these new computers would be offered either free of charge with training or at low cost.

The Travellers’ Aid Society of Victoria provides travel related support services including assistance to travellers with disabilities, transport information and assistance, baby change facilities, interpreter services, shower and rest room facilities at various hubs in central Melbourne.

“Through projects such as this our Government is helping more people access the Internet in safe, welcoming and appropriate public spaces,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“Many of the people making use of Travellers’ Aid assistance are living with a disability so the computers are also accessible for those people.”

Ms D’Ambrosio said PIAP grants were a key component of the Brumby Labor Government’s $9 million Connecting Communities: the Second Wave policy, a four year commitment to help more people access the opportunities available on the Internet.

Since 2005, more than $1.9 million in PIAP grants have been given to 297 community organisations that have provided more than 386,000 hours of public internet across Victoria.

For more information on the Public Internet Access Program, please visit www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au

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