Peitac - Port Elliot Computing Centre - Community Support
PEITAC: Port Elliot Information Technology Access Centre Inc
Port Elliot Information Technology Access Centre Inc. (founded in 2000) is a volunteer organisation. Its purpose is to encourage volunteer participation in the aims of the Centre. Those aims being to:
- Foster a community development approach to information technology
- Enhance skills and inclusion in the information economy
- Provide information technology access and education to the local community
- Provide help with your tablet or smartphone
Contact: Hotham Uniting Church
PO Box 94
Port Elliot, South Australia, Australia 5212
Mobile: Barbara McDonald on 0407 606 671 or call Kate (Secretary) on 0458 609 922
- Computer tuition and support - Windows PCs, Tablets
- Internet access
- Opening Hours:
- Wed 9 am - 1.00 pm (in Computing Centre)
- Sat 10.00 am - 12 noon (in hall downstairs)
- Parking: There is a disability car-park at the side of the church.
- Small fee for service and assistance
A friendly support group for people with computers & tablets.
- Wednesday 9.00am - 1.00pm in the Computing Centre.
- Saturday 10.00am - 12 noon in the hall at ground level.
All are welcome.
Bus stop 10 Victor to Goolwa bus
Below: The Computing Centre Committee who keep everything running throughout the year.
Find / Contact PEITAC
- 44 North Terrace, Port Elliot, South Australia
- Call (08) 8554 1995
- Parking: Street parking
- Access: Wheelchair access, Disability toilets, Disability parking
Workshops Program (schedule) for 2019
Workshop dates first Wednesday of month at 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Port Elliot Uniting Church Hall, 44 North Terrace, Port Elliot.
Tamara Thorpe, Community Education Project Officer
Resthaven - Residential Services
Tablet/Smartphone Workshop. Short "Tips & tricks" Alf
Brett from QuikFix Computers
– to be confirmed
"Maximising My Independence"
COMPUTING CENTRE NEWS May 2019
TABLET/SMARTPHONES WORKSHOP – In the Hall - Wed 5 June 1.00 – 3.00pm
Help is available one on one as many volunteers as possible will be there to help you. Tablet and smartphone Workshops are always well attended, and the volunteers will do their best to help you in small groups around tables in the hall. There will be a brief discussion on apps. Come and tell us which ones you have found helpful. There is parking in the church carpark if you have mobility difficulties, you can enter the hall via the car-park door.
Link to May Community News 2019 (PDF)
DOWNSTAIRS GROUP IN THE HALL SATURDAY MORNINGS 10.00am – 12 noon
Saturday mornings are held in the hall. This gives easy access to everyone either via the ramp in William Street or via the small carpark beside the church. Entry is through the carpark door which comes into the hall on level ground.
The PEITAC Story
The Hotham Uniting Church in Port Elliot had some Macintosh Apple computers that were being used for Sunday School classes. Then some adults expressed an interest in learning to use them. As time went on and interest grew, there was insufficient space available. The Church Building Committee decided to create a purpose-built mezzanine above the foyer of the Church, capable of holding twelve computers that would be connected to the Internet, which could be made accessible for use by the local community. The Centenary Centre was opened on 29 October 2000.
In December 2000, Alexandrina Council donated 4 PC Computers and the Port Elliot Town & Foreshore Improvements Committee Inc. donated $1000.
A management committee consisting of community and Church members was established, under the name of "PEITAC Inc". (Port Elliot Information Technology Access Center Incorporated) and now called Port Elliot Computing Centre, and this group set about acquiring more computers and software, running information technology courses and providing free community access to the Internet.
By January 2001 , PEITAC Inc. had 10 computers for teaching purposes (6 PC and 4 Mac's)with 3 PC's connected to the Internet. Three 4 week courses in Basic Computing had been completed and there was on-going demand for the courses to continue.
PEITAC Inc. became a Network Centre with the support of "Networks For You", an SA Government Initiative to establish Internet access in rural and regional centers and was awarded an Adult Community Education Grant, to run courses for the unemployed. There has been further ACE support.
In February 2001 ,PEITAC was awarded a Premier's Community Fund Grant which enabled the purchase of three new PC's whilst the Department of Human Services donated six second hand PC's.
In March 2001 , PEITAC was awarded a Community Benefit Grant, which enabled the purchase of another PC, a Laser Printer and four Office Chairs.
In July 2001 PEITAC was awarded a generous grant from "The Forsyth Foundation" to help set up ASCA (after school computer access) which in 2006 changed it's name to PECK (Port Elliot Computer Kids) to avoid confusion with another registered business's name. PEITAC purchased 2 iMacs and 50 Interactive CD's for PECK and also received a grant to appoint a coordinator in 2004.
PEITAC continues to prosper with on-going support from the Hotham Church, the local community and the state government. It is also thanks to the band of dedicated volunteers who have taught, assisted and maintained the computer equipment tirelessly for many years (19+), that has enabled PEITAC and PECK to continue offering a wide range of computer skills to the communities of the Southern Fleurieu community.