Burdekin residents encouraged to get online this October

Burdekin Shire Council is helping local residents to improve their digital skills by hosting a free morning tea as part of the international Get Online Week.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin says the event, taking place at the Burdekin Library on Monday 15 October at 10:30am, gives residents the opportunity to make the most of the internet.

“During the Get Online morning tea, Council’s Library staff will host a short information session regarding the various online services offered by the Burdekin Libraries, such as our movie streaming, eBook and eAudiobook platforms,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“Staff will also go through step-by-step how to use the Library’s online catalogue, which allows members to reserve physical books at any time.

“Participants are encouraged to bring along their own tablet and library membership card to allow staff to help in setting up member’s online accounts.”

Running from Monday 15 – Sunday 21 October, Get Online Week will see hundreds of community events take place across the country.

It is the first time the campaign has been held in Australia, after 11 successful years in the UK where hundreds of thousands of people have been supported.

The campaign aims to support the two and a half million Australians who are not online.

Jess Wilson, National Director for Good Things Foundation, the organisation running the campaign, said “Get Online Week will help thousands of people across Australia to improve their digital skills – whether they’ve never been online before, or have done a little but want to do more. There is free and friendly support in hundreds of communities, and so whatever you want to do online, you can find the support to do it.”

Cr McLaughlin said Council hoped the event would encourage members of the community who are nervous about getting online to do so with support from Library staff.

“Council would like to thank the Good Things Foundation for the funding received to deliver this event.”

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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