Mayor Richie Williamson sorts through the computers with TAFE student Thomas Billett and project manager Bernie Francis.
Mayor Richie Williamson sorts through the computers with TAFE student Thomas Billett and project manager Bernie Francis.

New language to pulse through old computers after donation

NAMBUCCA Valley's Muurrbay Aboriginal Language Centre will receive a new bank of renovated computers with the compliments of North Coast TAFE and Clarence Valley Council.

Rather than throw them away, the still useful units will go first to TAFE's North Coast Computer Project at Maclean where volunteers and students will scrub the contents and install new software.

From there, a share of the 130 computers will be sent to the language centre at Bellwood.

Clarence Valley Mayor, Cr Richie Williamson, said 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.

"The donated computers usually end up in remote centres or Aboriginal communities to provide critical technology and internet access.

"North Coast TAFE can then engage with and offer courses and training to these communities."



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