Better connections in Woorabinda

Douglas Graham (far right), the Coordinator of the Woorabinda Indigenous Knowledge Centre, is developing an internet café at the centre to improve literacy, numeracy and digital skills of people in the community.

Douglas attended the QCOSS Conference earlier this year. From there he was invited to attend the Energy Queensland community forum in Rockhampton. At the forum, Douglas sat with Rodney Oram from Energy Queensland, who shares his interest in I.T. Douglas shared with Rodney that Woorabinda students miss out on educational opportunities due to the lack of internet accessible computers in the community.

Rodney shared the story with his Telstra business contacts, who have since donated six new iPads to the centre. Rodney, pictured second from the right,  travelled to the community to present Douglas and other Woorabinda community leaders with the iPads. Energy Queensland will also donate some of their decommissioned desktop computers to the centre later this year.

Photo: (L to R) Michelle Leisha (Traditional Owner (TO) Ghungaloo), Aunty Di Evans (TO Wadja Wadja), Stewie Smith (Deputy Mayor, WASC), Rod Oram (General Manager, Digital Support and Operations, Energy QLD), Douglas T Graham (Coordinator, Indigenous Knowledge Centre).