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History of SeniorNet - page 4

The move to the University

Unfortunately iTEL (by now a subsidiary of Bendigo Bank and renamed South East Queensland Community Telco) lost a major customer in 2008 and was forced to rationalise its office space.  Accordingly, SeniorNet were offered their existing room at the end of 2008, which would be separately rented from the building landlord.  The cost of this was not supportable within SeniorNet's budget, but for a transition period the Telco subsidised most of the rent.  In 2010 even this support was withdrawn, and we had to look for an affordable training facility.  Meanwhile, we were fortunate in obtaining some substantial donations from local businesses, and we were able to trade on these and our capital resources for that year.

The University of Queensland, Ipswich Campus, had earlier obtained grants and local business partners to reconstruct the former Boilerhouse of Challenor Home (which the University now occupied) as a Community Resource Centre.  Having been made aware of our situation the University now offered us the use of the computer room at the Boilerhouse.  This contained 16 computers (one equipped with a projector) running Windows 7.  We enthusiastically took up this offer, and have successfully continued our programme there as of the start of 2011.  We have received much-appreciated cooperation from the University in tailoring their standard computer profiles to meet our training needs.

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