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New look and ministerial launch for Brisbane's indigenous Internet Cafe.



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New look and ministerial launch for Brisbane’s Indigenous Internet Café

9/4/2003

One of Brisbane’s most innovative—and now most attractive—Indigenous youth programs and facilities, the First Contact Internet Café, will officially reopen its doors in Mt Gravatt tomorrow (Thursday) night following a major revamp.

Judy Spence, the State Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy will join with ATSIC and First Contact General Manager, Trish Williams, to help launch the new-look upgraded Internet Café which also doubles as the administration centre for the First Contact Aboriginal Corporation.

ATSIC’s Brisbane Commissioner, Robbie Williams, and Chairman of the local South East Queensland ATSIC Regional Council, Lyle Capewell, will co-launch the initiative with Minister Spence.

First Contact which has developed the Internet Café as part of an integrated approach to overcome the employment, personal and social problems experienced by many Indigenous youth, has a 10-year history of developing successful programs for youth.

CEO Trish Williams says the revamped Internet Café in Mt Gravatt is a leader in its field.

She says the Internet Café is unique, combining information and technology through the internet with hospitality training programs and employment for Indigenous youth through the cafe.

A place specially designed for young Indigenous people to go to and relax, as well as work, train and learn—it’s all part of new way of delivering prevention and diversionary programs for Indigenous youth developed by First Contact using funding from both ATSIC and the Queensland Department of Families.

Indigenous community members, program participants and their families and State Government and ATSIC staff are invited to attend the 6.00 p.m. opening at the Internet Café, Shop 3, 1379 Logan Road, Mount Gravatt.

All media are welcome.

Media contact and further information: Trish Williams on 07 3420 4291