27 November 2014
of the Legislative Council
- Online Access Centre
FINCH Question to LEADER of the GOVERNMENT in the LEGISLATIVE
COUNCIL, Dr GOODWIN
Can the Government give an assurance that the Online Access Centre at
Exeter in my electorate will receive the funding promised for the
rest of this financial year?
The Exeter Online Access Centre coordinator, Jan Biggar, has emailed
the Education minister but has not received a satisfactory response.
Can the Government give an assurance that this important community
centre will continue to give access to the more than 860 people who
used it last year?
President, I thank the honourable member for Rosevears for his
As members would be aware, this Government made a saving strategy
commitment in this year's Budget 'to improving access and
sustainability of rural libraries and online access centres'. These
exact words were part of the budget bill that was passed by this
House. To execute this budget saving strategy, consultation with
communities and Online Access Centre committees will occur in the
following months about future plans for services. Underpinning these
consultations is a guarantee that free community access to computers
and the internet will be maintained.
This Government will continue to support free community access to
computers and the internet while seeking to find efficiencies and
budget savings in the ways in which these services are delivered.