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The Reconnect Project – Annette Mayne

Hansard ID: HANSARD-1323879322-135859

Hansard session: Fifty-Eighth Parliament, First Session (58-1)

The Reconnect Project – Annette Mayne

Mr MARK COURE (Oatley)

—Speaker, I rise to recognise and extend my gratitude to the Reconnect Project for their efforts in our community. There is a significant digital divide in New South Wales - many lower‑income families are at a disadvantage, as are Indigenous Australians. With an estimated 23 million mobile phones sitting unused, the Reconnect Project aims to breathe new life into pre-loved devices, providing access to those who need it most. Alongside her team, founder Annette Mayne is seeking to close the digital divide in our communities, whilst also working hard to fight 'e-waste'. Older devices are repaired, erased, and cleaned to be used again, allowing those in need to access the people and services they need most. Just recently, Annette received the Zonta Club of Botany Bay's 'Woman of Achievement' award, recognising those who have made significant contributions to communities across the Sutherland Shire, Georges River and Bayside. I would like to thank Annette and the wonderful team she has behind her, ensuring that our communities thrive in an increasingly digital world.