Computers set to drive jobs

NGARU Village at Yamba's Pippi Beach is home to an exciting new learning centre called an e-Hub, complete with internet-ready refurbished computers.

The e-Hub is a joint initiative between the North Coast Computer Project (NCCP), a community program which supplies refurbished computers, and the North Coast TAFE Institute, Maclean campus.

"It's aimed to assist Aboriginal people to gain skills and to become computer literate. We hope to get 10 people jobs out of it," said chairman of NCCP Chris Gulaptis.

"As compared to other households Aboriginal people have one of the lowest rates of owning a computer in the country."

The e-Hub is the second to be established, six months after the first at Hillcrest at Maclean.

"I am thrilled to think that a need is filled by a community partnership that will help to bring the local Aboriginal community in line with other households," he said.

Politicians from federal, local and state governments attended the Friday morning opening, as well as a representative from Microsoft, which has given free licensing of its software to the project.

"It shows the world-wide philanthropic effort of Microsoft," Mr Gulaptis said.

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