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Community centre well connected

Thursday, 3rd January, 2019

South Community Centre volunteer Kelly Beavan (back, far left), Patton Village chairman Larry Angell, centre volunteer Marg Brennan and W2BH team member Eoghan Deane, with youngsters (front, from left) Jasper Daddow, Makenzie Schrader, Abbie Kelly and Tennesse Schrader, with laptop computers donated by the W2BH delivery team. PICTURE: Supplied South Community Centre volunteer Kelly Beavan (back, far left), Patton Village chairman Larry Angell, centre volunteer Marg Brennan and W2BH team member Eoghan Deane, with youngsters (front, from left) Jasper Daddow, Makenzie Schrader, Abbie Kelly and Tennesse Schrader, with laptop computers donated by the W2BH delivery team. PICTURE: Supplied

Finding a computer to work, study or play games on just got a lot easier at the South Community Centre, thanks a donation from the W2BH Pipeline delivery team.

The team building the Wentworth to Broken Hill Pipeline donated five laptops to the centre in Patton Street, more than doubling the number of computers now available to users of the popular community hub. 

The donation of the laptops, which were previously utilised on the project, are a great help to the Patton Village Committee, which runs the centre and relies on volunteers, donations and fundraising activities to keep the doors open.  

Sophie Angell, the committee’s treasurer, said the centre was previously a library and in the past year televisions and computers had been added to make it more relevant to the increasing number of younger users.

However, three of the five computers were already outdated and needed replacing, according to Ms Angell, who said the addition of the laptops meant that more children would now be able to access a computer to do their homework after school. 

“A lot of kids don’t have computers at home,” Ms Angell said.

“They often play games on them but also do school work.” 

Patton Village chairman, Larry Angell, also welcomed the donation, and said the committee was keen to develop the centre into a place where school students could go to complete assignments or homework. 

“This is a wonderful boost for us because we want to make the centre a homework hub,” Mr Angell said.

The W2BH Pipeline delivery team has provided assistance to a number of other initiatives and events in the Broken Hill and Wentworth regions since the pipeline project commenced at the beginning of the year.

This has included sponsorship of the inaugural Youth Forum at Buronga, the construction of a carpark at the Wentworth Showground and the purchase of a semi-trailer load of hay for graziers near Broken Hill from the Buy a Bale of Hay campaign.

Material and labour have also been provided to Outback Rugby League to improve the condition of the E.T Lamb Memorial Oval, to the Sulphide Street Railway Museum to improve its facility, and to the Dareton Local Aboriginal Land Council for its Yarning Circle. 

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