New Factory computer suite

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper outside the Rosemount Factory.

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper outside the Rosemount Factory.

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Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper pictured outside Rosemount Factory.

Around £20,000 of new digital equipment has been approved for residents of the Glen, Rosemount, Hazelbank and Ballymagroarty areas to access cutting edge technology and gain qualifications.

Colr. Cooper said: “As a result of extensive work with DCAL, the Nerve Centre and the Neighbourhood Renewal Boards over £200,000 has been earmarked to purchase equipment for areas across the North West. 20,000 of this money has been allocated to the Outerwest area to install an Apple Mac suite of five workstations with Adobe Photoshop software, a video editing suite with camera equipment and a Music Production studio fully equipped with musical equipment and recording facilities to allow local musicians and bands to record their own material.”

The equipment will be installed by this summer. Outer West manager Wendy Gibbons said the investment would help in “breaking cycles of poverty” and “reduce worklessness” in the area.