Computers move offshore
NOT-for-profit organisations across the Clarence, in Nambucca and in parts of the Philippines are set to share more than 130 refurbished computers from the Clarence Valley Council.
The computers will first go to North Coast Computer Project at Maclean TAFE, where volunteers and Maclean TAFE students will scrub their contents and install new software.
From there some will go to the Ngaru Village Ehub in Yamba, some to the Iluka-Woombah Men's Shed, the Muurrbay Aboriginal Language Centre in Bellwood, Nambucca, and to ehubs in the Philippines.
Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, said it was rewarding to see the old equipment being put to good use.
He said the council's old computers were first offered for sale so there could be a return to ratepayers, but many didn't sell because of their age and it was pleasing they weren't going to waste.
"This is a win all around," he said.
"The council gets to dispose of its old equipment in a socially and environmentally sensible fashion, students get to learn some skills in computer repair, and community groups will get good use out of them."
He joked he'd received an assurance they wouldn't be going to call centres in the Philippines.
Clarence MP, Chris Gulaptis, said it was hard to put a dollar value on the service North Coast Computer Project provided for the Clarence Valley, having refurbished literally thousands of computers which has prevented them going to land fill.