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Cann River Community Centre is providing video conferencing services for the local community after receiving a grant from the Federal Government’s #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program to purchase audio visual equipment.

Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the Federal Government had provided $2500 to the community centre for a camera, audio records and a video conferencing-capable laptop, which would provide significant benefit for locals.

“Cann River Community Centre provides a wide range of services covering social inclusion and wellbeing and upskilling educational courses to the local community,” Mr Chester said.

“Technology is providing new ways to link communities and creating opportunities for study and networking without the travel.

“Having access to modern audio visual equipment at the Cann River Community Centre will open the community to a whole range of new programs.”

Mr Chester said the distance from Cann River to major regional centres had made it difficult for locals to access some training courses.

“The community centre already provides locals with access to computers and the internet,” Mr Chester said.

“It provides a vital service for the local community and I am delighted the government have been able to help the centre buy the equipment it needs to extend the range of services on offer.”

The Cann River Community Centre also provides a library service, op shop, playgroup, hairdresser and a Centrelink agent is available on Wednesdays.

Cann River Community Centre Coordinator Susie Brady said the new equipment would be put to good use.

“The video conferencing laptop has already allowed a local community member to access a licensing course necessary for a new employment opportunity. Without it, she would have had to drive to Sale – three hours each way – to do the course,” Ms Brady said.

“The equipment is also supporting our volunteers to use their technological expertise to support the local history group to record and archive some of our unique stories. “

The #lovegippsland Stronger Communities Program has delivered $600,000 to community groups across Gippsland for equipment and new infrastructure.

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