New computers from old
Logan City Council, Queensland, has found a way to make learning from home easier for more families with rebuilt computers provided to families in need.
The rebuilt computers are being rolled out by the electronic waste recycling team at Substation33, the social enterprise arm of Logan’s YFS community support services.
The project is being funded and supported by Logan City Council and the Logan Together community movement.
It has provided devices for schoolchildren, seniors and people with disabilities.
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.
“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, “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.”