24 April 2019
| News

Young South West Queenslanders set to benefit from new interactive technology

The Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) project recently provided much-needed funds to Downs Industry Schools Co-Operation Inc., also known as DISCO, through its Nexus Together community giving program.

DISCO has played a pivotal role in the lives of at-risk young people throughout South West Queensland since 1997.

Every year about 3500 young people aged 15-25 who have left, or are leaving the education system, seek DISCO’s help to explore career pathways and work on employable skills.

Thanks to Nexus Together funds, a new mobile digital whiteboard is now helping DISCO engage with these young people in a fun and interactive way.

DISCO Chief Executive Officer Mike Paton said the digital whiteboard purchased with Nexus Together funds acted as a helping hand for the team of 22 staff and several volunteers which delivered the service, and receiving much-needed funds for this type of equipment did not come along very often.

“The interactive whiteboard is such a wonderful educational tool and has been providing DISCO staff with the opportunity to use it in so many different ways,” Mr Paton said.

“As a not-for-profit organisation, this type of asset purchase is often restricted due to the nature of our funding.

“So, to be granted this funding through Nexus Together has been very important to the young people we seek to support.”

Nexus Delivery Project Director Mike Millar said the digital whiteboard was one of the innovative and exciting ways Nexus Together funds had been used and would open opportunities for young people by catering to different styles of learning.

“Education is key to a successful future and I am pleased to hear Nexus Together funds have been used to ensure young people in South West Queensland get the opportunity to be the best they can be,” Mr Millar said.

The fourth and final round of Nexus Together has been delivered with 18 not-for-profit organisations along the TSRC project corridor receiving funds to support positive community outcomes in health, safety, education or the environment.

For more information on the Nexus Together sponsorship program and other successful initiatives, visit