Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced NSW Seniors Card holders in the Tamworth electorate have another reason to get tech savvy with the announcement of a new telecommunications offer and expanded local training opportunities.

The Tech Savvy Seniors program provides older Australians with the know-how and confidence to join the digital world.

Mr Anderson said savvy seniors will be able to access the program next year in Walcha as well as the continuing training in Barraba.

“The NSW Government made a commitment to expand the Seniors Card program and Tech Savvy Seniors is an important part of that commitment to help seniors enjoy the benefits of the online world,” Mr Anderson said.

“These days we find a huge benefit through online services, whether it’s staying in touch through social media, paying our bills or sourcing basic local information, helping seniors access the internet can make their lives a little easier.

“The Tech Savvy Seniors program has been a real success locally and I’m pleased training will be available at another new location in our electorate as part of the Government’s commitment to expand the service and provide 15,000 training places a year for the next four year.”

As part of the NSW Government’s election commitment to expand the Tech Savvy Seniors program, training course locations will increase from 71 to 104 locations across the state, and 31 libraries will offer courses in eight languages other than English.

“Nearly half of all older Australians are not accessing the internet so the NSW Government has also partnered with Telstra to offer the Telstra Seniors Starters Bundle. This will help our seniors stay connected and assist them to embrace today’s new technology,” Mr Anderson said.

The Telstra Seniors Starter Bundle is a new plan for seniors who are not connected to the internet to start their online journey through discounted internet costs.  It is available to all NSW Seniors Card holders who have previously not been connected to the internet and can be ordered by visiting a Telstra store or phoning 13 77 88.

The new Telstra Seniors Starter Bundle builds on Telstra’s existing partnership with the NSW Government through the Tech Savvy Seniors program, which provides access to free and low cost technology training to NSW Seniors across the state.

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