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'Be Connected' is an Australian Government initiative to help older residents navigate the internet. Photo - MSC

Are you an older resident who has trouble navigating the internet?

A new initiative aimed at increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians is making its way to Moorabool.

‘Be Connected’ is an Australian Government program that aims to help with internet usage through a family and community-centred approach.

It will help older Australians realise the value of being connected online, and will provide access to appropriate training and support in a safe and familiar environment, through face-to-face and personal communication.

Moorabool Shire Council Community Volunteer Ian Blackburn is stationed at the Lerderderg Library every Wednesday from 9am-11am, as well as sessions in Gordon, Ballan, and Bungaree, and assists older people with IT requests.

Mr Blackburn will be at Council’s Seniors Expo on Thursday, 10 October at the Bacchus Marsh Public Hall, located at 207 Main Street between 10am to 1pm.

Council is also looking for additional volunteers to assist Ian in his quest to assist older people to get online.

If you are interested, please come and see Ian Blackburn at the Seniors Expo, or call Claire Conlon at Moorabool Shire Council on 5366 7100 for further information.

Be Connected also includes a learning portal, developed by the Office for the eSafety Commission, which includes a range of free courses and resources to help older Australians improve their skills.

For more information, visit www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au.