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The Nationals Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes, is encouraging not-for-profit community organisations throughout the Benalla Electorate to participate in round four of the Joint Community Computer Project sponsored by THALES AUSTRALIA (formerly ADI Limited, Benalla).

Dr Sykes said THALES AUSTRALIA have once again donated another 20 computers to be available for distribution through the program. So far the program has distributed a total of over 60 computers to community groups in the Benalla Electorate.

Over the last year 20 computers were donated to a variety of community organisations including: Nagambie Speedway, Benalla Theatre Company, Benalla Pistol Club, Ovens Valley Action Group, Benalla SES, Mansfield Historical Society, CVGT Community Radio, Mansfield Community Shed, Wangaratta Family History Group, Wangaratta Players Inc, Anglicare, Wangaratta Historical Society, Waminda Neighbourhood House, Open Door Neighbourhood House, Guardian Angels Support Group, Warby Range Landcare and the Community Group for Woods Point Inc.

Dr Sykes said he was delighted THALES AUSTRALIA had once again sponsored the successful community project.

“We received a terrific response to last year’s project and the feedback from community groups was extremely pleasing,” he said.

“Through this project, we have been able to make a real difference to many organisations throughout the Benalla Electorate, making it easier for them to continue their fantastic service to local communities,” he said.

“We are grateful to THALES AUSTRALIA for their continued support of the project.”

The computers, which are surplus to THALES Australia’s needs, are donated without software or CD-Rom drives.

Dr Sykes said computers will be issued to organisations who meet the selection criteria and stand to benefit most.

Community groups interested in applying for one of the computers are asked to write a letter stating the reasons why they would benefit from the project.

We would also personally like to thank Des Henry, General Manager and Glen Longton the Systems Manager from THALES for their continuing support of this community project.

Letters can be sent to Joint Community Computer Project, 2/55 Carrier Street, Benalla, 3672.

For further details about the project, contact Bill Sykes’ Electorate Office on 5762 2100.

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Written by Greg Naylor

4 July 2007 at 5:11 pm

Posted in media release

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