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Monday, 15 September 2003
Page: 20001


Ms LIVERMORE (1:56 PM) —I would like to pay tribute today to a project in my electorate that is doing a fantastic job of building social capital by assisting individuals and communities to acquire new skills and unlock their potential. It is a project that has now received well-deserved national recognition for its achievements. I am speaking about the Livingstone Shire Council and Capricorn Coast Learning Centre Small Communities IT Outreach Program. It was recently named as the winner of the prestigious information services award in the 2003 National Awards for Local Government. As the winner of that category, the project partners from the Livingstone Shire Council and the Learning Network Queensland Capricorn Coast Learning Centre are now in line for a major award at the awards dinner here in Canberra on Wednesday night.

The project has two parts. First came the development of the Grant Finder web site in response to calls from across the Livingstone shire communities for such a resource linking community groups to available funding for their activities. The second stage involved training so that as many people as possible across the shire would have the ability to use the web site. The Capricorn Coast Learning Centre developed a program called Basic IT Enabling Skills for Older Workers and took it on the road to small communities throughout the shire such as Emu Park, Cawarral, Byfield, the Caves, Marlborough and Stanage Bay. The outcomes from this project have been fantastic: people turning on computers for the first time and using the Internet and email for personal and community development. (Time expired)