More Victorians get connected

The Victorian Government has announced it will provide a further $460,000 to improve Internet access and trainingacross Victoria.

The Minister for State and Regional Development, John Brumby, said the funding will help 46 new Skills.net projects toprovide Internet training and access to people from non-English speaking backgrounds, low-income earners, people inrural and remote areas, and people with disabilities.

"The $460,000 is the third round of funding under the Bracks Government's $5.5 million expansion of the Skills.netprogram, which is on track to reach an additional 40,000 Victorians by 2003," Brumby said.

The $5.5 million Skills.net program forms part of the Bracks Government's Connecting Communities initiative.

Brumby said the Government has a comprehensive range of programs that are making it easier for all Victorians to usethe Internet, and added that the latest round of Skills.net funding is part of their policy commitment, dubbedConnecting Victoria, to help all Victorians share the benefits of technology.

Skills.net has so far reached over 62,000 Victorians through more than 700 Skills.net centres across the state.

Skills.net projects are coordinated by community organisations such as neighbourhood houses, community centres andpublic libraries.

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