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Published by Whistler Publishing
PO. Box 358, Ocean Grove
Editor Greg Wayne
Internet room opens at 'Heads library
IN May 1999, the Barwon Heads Primary School responded to an article published in The Whistler calling for applications from local groups to apply for funding through the Alfred Gersham Johnston and Ivy Johnston Perpetual Trust.
Ivy Johnston was a Barwon Heads resident until her death in 1997. Mrs Johnston provided for the establishment of the Trust in her Will. Administered by the ANZ Trustees, grants of up to $ 10,000 were being offered to "worthy
organisations in the Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove area and where the purpose of the grant would be of benefit to people in the area".
Last month the first of the free 90-minute workshop courses introducing people to the Internet were conducted at the new facility at the Barwon Heads Library. Barwon Heads Primary School principal, Peter Crossett, said the school was successful in its funding application and the Alfred and Ivy Gersham Johnston Perpetual Trust has enabled the school to upgrade 14 computers and purchase and install a computer monitor projector and server. The server is a sophisticated digital saving device that enables regularly-visited Internet sites to be stored and accessed easily.
Internet access will be available free at the Barwon Heads Library and it is expected that introductory courses will be held on a regular basis. Fourteen 'students' enrolled for the first course and among them was Joan Salter, who at 92-years-of-age said she was determined to 1og onto the Net
Librarian Pat Brady said the facility is a "wonderful asset for the community and brings the library into the 21st century with information technology".