Con­nor’s in­no­va­tions are on the money

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - – Jil­lian McKee

AT JUST 14, Con­nor McLeod has made the lives of hun­dreds of thou­sands of Aus­tralians a lit­tle bit eas­ier.

The blind Oakhurst res­i­dent has been awarded the Young Leader Pride of Aus­tralia medal for his ef­forts in ad­vanc­ing the vis­ually im­paired com­mu­nity.

Hum­bled by the award, Con­nor said: “There were so many amaz­ing peo­ple, I kept think­ing did that se­ri­ously just hap­pen? I don’t think it has sunk in yet”.

Af­ter Con­nor was given money for Christ­mas in 2012 and had to ask his mother how much he had he de­cided a change was needed, he con­tacted the Re­serve Bank and con­vinced it to com­mis­sion notes that could be iden­ti­fied by the vis­ually im­paired. The tac­tile bank notes will be rolled out next year.

He also re­quested the Com­mon­wealth Bank in­clude textto-speech tech­nol­ogy on EFTPOS ma­chines in­form­ing vi­sion-im­paired peo­ple how much was be­ing re­moved from their ac­count at the time of pur­chase.

Pic­ture: CRAIG GREEN­HILL

Con­nor McLeod has been awarded the Young Leader Pride of Aus­tralia Medal.

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