Data grant shows Tel­stra cares about bush

Dalby Herald - - BEST OF THE WEST -

WITH the up­com­ing re­lo­ca­tion of Care Balonne, a lit­tle goes a long way, es­pe­cially when it comes to grants such as the one re­cently given by Tel­stra Coun­try Wide.

Ini­tially pre­sented with a $1000 cheque, Tel­stra phoned back later to say they had made a mis­take and that the cheque should have ac­tu­ally read $15,000.

“It was a great mis­take for us,” Care Balonne chair­per­son Robyn Fuhrmeis­ter said.

The money will go to­wards mov­ing the Balonne Shire’s com­mu­nity hub from its cur­rent ad­dress to its new home on Henry St.

“The money will be used to as­sist us with up­dat­ing our data to the build­ing,” Ms Fuhrmeis­ter said.

“There will be an in­crease of data re­quire­ments that we will need to have to run our busi­ness.”

Es­tab­lished in 1993, Care Balonne acts as the com­mu­nity hub of St Ge­orge and the greater Balonne Shire, run­ning drought sup­port ser­vices, sui­cide preven­tion, fam­ily sup­port and ser­vices such as Meals on Wheels.

The grant fol­lows com­mu­ni­ca­tion Ms Fuhrmeis­ter had with the telco about the ex­ist­ing in­ter­net and phone con­nec­tions.

“It was just about hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with them and let­ting them know what we re­ally needed,” she said.

“They came up with some re­ally good ideas about what they could pro­vide.”

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