Our TEMCO operation in Tasmania is helping local students and residents bridge the digital divide during COVID-19.

TEMCO has partnered with the George Town Council to buy digital devices for local schools, including computers and internet dongles, which can be used by families who are homeschooling.

Principals from Port Dalrymple School, South George Town Primary School and Star of the Sea School identified the resources required to help students navigate the challenges of learning from home during COVID-19. 

Funds have also been provided to the George Town library to purchase e-readers for senior residents to help them maintain social connections and increase digital literacy. 

TEMCO Vice President Operations Anna-May Fauconnier said it was important for South32 to work with its host communities and provide support during COVID-19.

“It’s not always easy for our communities to access the resources they need during times like these, so we are very pleased to be able to help out with digital equipment that will make life a bit easier for George Town residents,” Anna-May said.

Computers and e-readers will meet the immediate need for digital resources during COVID-19, but also provide a longer term solution with families and residents able to borrow the resources  into the future. 

George Town General Manager Shane Power said the funding supported an important community initiative and thanked TEMCO for its contribution.