2018

ANNUAL REPORT

Computerbank Victoria Inc


Our mission

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Our vision

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Our History

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CONTENTS

        

Our mission        2

Our vision        2

Our History        2

CONTENTS        2

AN OVERVIEW OF COMPUTERBANK VICTORIA INC.        4

ABOUT US        4

OUR PEOPLE        5

Board members/Trustees        5

Employees        5

Volunteers        5

GOVERNANCE        7

STRUCTURE & MANAGEMENT        7

PRESIDENT’S REPORT        8

MANAGER’S REPORT        9

OUR OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES        12

OUR FINANCES        13

TREASURER’S REPORT        13

AUDITOR’S REPORT        14

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS        15

OUR OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION        16

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & THANK YOU        16

Donors        16

Grants and funding        16

Corporate & community partners        16

Volunteers        16

Members        16

HOW YOU CAN HELP        17

Become a member        17

Volunteer your time        17

Make a donation        17

Leave a bequest        17

Support an event or fundraising activity        17

Become a corporate partner        17

Other ways you can help our cause        17

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE        18

CONTACT US        19


SECTION 1

AN OVERVIEW OF COMPUTERBANK VICTORIA INC.

ABOUT US


OUR PEOPLE

The Committee

President

Brian Salter-Duke, D. Phil (Theoretical and Computational Chemistry)

What are you passionate about?

I am not a passionate person, but I worry about the state we are leaving this world in for future generations and I want very much to do something about it.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

I have been involved with computers for just over 58 years! I am concerned that many people of my age and younger are being left behind because they know nothing about computers. I like the way that Computerbank successfully, in many ways, addresses this problem.

Vice President

Richard O'Beirne. Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) -retired

What are you passionate about?

As well as having a keen interest in all things technical I am also a passionate believer in free and open source software. I also firmly believe that as a society we need to reduce waste by reusing and recycling wherever possible.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

Being retired, Computerbank provides me with a means to give back to society in a meaningful way using my expertise and knowledge. I am able to help make computing more available to those in need as well as promote the use of free and open source software.

Treasurer

William Boledziuk CPA, retired Director and VP of a multinational Chemical group

What are you passionate about?

Reducing the amount of cheap imported product that as consumers we buy only to throw away, leaving a legacy of wasted resources and contaminated environment to our children.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

A group of like minded people who enjoy helping people access the computer world without having to pay excessive costs for hardware fads and overpriced software.

Secretary

Justin Bush. Bachelor of Engineer (Robotics and Mechatronics)

What are you passionate about?

I'm passionate about tinkering and learning about how things work. I'm passionate about technology, about the way it can improve people's lives. I'm passionate about leaving this earth in better condition than it was when I was born.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

I work in software, and I'm proud of the value that I add to society in terms of improving people's lives through technology. Simultaneously, I feel a sense of responsibility for society's ever increasing reliance on technology, and consequently, a duty to ensure technology is accessible to everybody. Working for Computerbank allows me to fulfil this duty by making affordable computing available to everyone in the community. Furthermore, by helping redistribute unused computers to other members of society, I can help reduce the amount of e-waste that finds its way into landfill.

Manager

Allan Cooke

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about keeping my brain active in old age.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

I do enjoy helping those in our community who are less financially well off.

General Committee Member

Cloud Unknowing

What are you passionate about?

I love all kinds of computer hardware, vintage or modern and love the challenge of making it work again. I have been a Linux enthusiast for years and enjoy the way it can bring old hardware to life with modern features and performance.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

I've seen Computerbank bring computers and internet access to hundreds of people in hardship who otherwise would not have had a means to participate online. I am very proud to be part of this process and to reduce the amount of useful technology dumped in landfill.


General Committee Member

Thomas Waymouth, Bachelor of Information Technology

What are you passionate about?

I'm passionate about the outdoors, travel, adventure and all things technology. I enjoy learning learning and discovering new ideas and ways in which technology can influence the world around us.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

Computerbank is an opportunity for me to use my skills and knowledge to take what some might consider to be obsolete technology and give it another life, reducing e waste and making computing accessible for everyone.

General Committee Member

Josh Bowden

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about all things technology including computers, cars and electronics. I enjoy deconstructing and learning how things work and then looking at where it can be used to solve other problems or how it can be improved upon.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

Computers and the internet are both valuable tools which make our lives easier and provide access to a vast range of information and resources, some of which a lot of people now take for granted. There are many people who still do not have readily available access these resources, Computerbank allows me to contribute my time and knowledge with the goal of bridging this divide, while also preventing the environmental impacts of e-waste.

General Committee Member

Kayden D’Mello

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about open source hardware and software and technology in general.

What does Computerbank mean to you?

Having access to a computer is becoming more and more of a requirement in our modern lives. They allows us to connect with family across the globe, assist with education, apply for jobs and much more. Computerbank gives me the opportunity to make a difference in the community while helping to promote free and open source software.


SECTION 2

GOVERNANCE

STRUCTURE & MANAGEMENT

Computerbank Victoria Inc is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).


PRESIDENT’S REPORT

2018 at Computerbank towards the end of the year has been dominated by the news that we have to move from 483 Victoria St, where we have been since 2002. Finding a new place is not proving to be easy. I want to thank our Treasurer Bill Boledziuk, Vice President  Richard O’Beirne, and Manager Allan Cooke for already spending much time travelling to possible venues and evaluating them. We are also grateful for the work of others who have passed on information about possible sites. We continue to need that help. We have seen several excellent sites but they do not match all our needs. The last one for example did not meet the needs of our disabled customers, but it was also too expensive. We must continue to work on this as we have to move before the end of March 2019.

Sales of computers continues to be strong with sales of laptops continuing to exceed sales of desktops. This is a challenge for our Manager and volunteers as laptops are more difficult to build than desktops. Much of the year has also involved Richard O’Beirne, Josh Bowden and Justin Bush developing a new sales data base that makes the whole process, from build to sale and service beyond, an integrated process. We are almost ready to move to this system. Many thank to all those who are involved in this. Our Ebay sales continues to add a very real boost to our income which will be vital in funding the move. Our thanks go to Cloud of Unknowing for managing Ebay so well.  Our thanks also go to Kayden D’Mello, in particular for improving the process of what we accept. Tom Waymouth and  Bill Boledziuk have improved our service to off-site computers. This brief account must have missed several matters, as all members of the committee have been very active on a large variety of matters that benefit Computerbank. In November I gave a talk about Computerbank to Linux Users of Victoria (LUV) and I hope this will improve  links with them

I want to make a special note of thanks to Barry Klein who has since April worked almost alone in preparing Ubuntu 18.04 to be be ready for use on our desktops and laptops. Much work has also been done, mainly by Josh Bowden on improving our web site and that is also almost ready to go live.

Allan Cooke, Barry Klein, Kayden D’Mello, Bill Boledziuk, Ricky Scalise were made volunteer of the month during the year.

Finally I want to thank everyone for making my period of 2 years as President a period of real development for Computerbank. After the AGM I will be on the committee as Past-President. I wish my successor all the best for his role to the 2019 AGM.

Brian Salter-Duke


MANAGER’S REPORT

In our 19th official year of operation, we can proudly say, that we stand on our own.  Without any government assistance. During the 2017/2018 financial year we covered our expenses and made a small profit.

This is a pretty exceptional achievement for a not for profit organisation that essentially has volunteers helping out. Well done everyone.

The big areas of income improvement have been eBay sales and combined pc/laptop sales (Some areas went down – Some shop sales have filtered over to eBay sales.

By the end of 2018 (February – November) we had distributed 178 desktops and 216 laptops for a total of 394 and 36 Apple Macbook eBay sales for a total of 430. This year, at the end of October 2018,  

The total of 32,745.88 for the past 12 months in eBay sales makes up a significant portion of our income. This can be put down to the particular efforts of one man. Our eBay technician Cloud, his wizardry in dealing with Mac computers is nothing short of amazing.

A note worth mentioning that in Computerbanks eBay history our total sales amount to over $250K

The distribution figures for laptops and desktops are incomplete so I can not make any conclusive comments. One thing is clear (from the financial s), desktop sales are lower than laptop sales. There have been a handful of full price PC purchases over the year but this does not account for any huge financial difference. We seem to be selling a lot more systems without monitors, similarly we are selling a lot of LCD screens on their own.

There has only been the one group order for computers this year, where in past years we have filled a number of orders per year. This is another reason I believe community groups are moving away from the traditional desktop to the more common laptop.

Groups we helped during 2018 included: Williamstown and Gordon St network sites), Darebin City Council (Holmes St and Agg St Northcote network sites),  Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Red Cross and Wombat Housing, Nintex Group.

On a personal note I would like to thank Mr. William Boledziuk and Mr. Tom Waymouth for their exceptional efforts and patience when dealing with our favourite network site (Holmes Street).

For this year, at least for the last ten months, we have received some in the way of big corporate donations. The best of the lot has been from the Melbourne Airport, with a huge donation of laptops and tablets.  In the last month (Nov) we have been inundated with offers of donations and just as we thought we were going to run out of quality laptops, donations from several companies have saved the day.

Significant donors and supporters during 2018 have included: Nintex, Media Monitors, Melbourne Airport, , Port of Melbourne Corporation, Red Energy, Water Tech, LyonDellBassel Pty Ltd, GlaxoSmithKline, Neami, and Black and Veatch. We have also received a lot of equipment via individuals including i5/i7 laptops and desktops. 2018 has also seen a lot of Mac donations. The best donations of the year were an i7 alienware tower PC (sold via the shop) and an i7 laptop(from Dell).

Other big achievements for the year included the release of our 64 bit Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and completing the check of all the computers in the warehouse.

Our Ubuntu 18.04 LTS release is finally running out, with many improvements to software and scripts. Recently we (Bill) just finished incorporating our public access model into the master distro. This will save us a lot of time as we don't have to maintain two different systems.

It was fantastic to finally check all the computers that had accumulated over the years, we were storing quite a lot of duds. Nearly every volunteer participated in spec and check and the ensuing recycling, it was great to see it get done so quickly and efficiently.

We continue to do well with regards to processing e-waste, while we don't count the number of boxes we recycle, this year, has seen a lot of servers and computers dismantled (it would be more than 200 units). We still have a lot of sorted e-waste that we have not cashed in.

There has been a lot of awesome feedback from our customers/clients over this year.

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Not only do i have a faster more efficient computer - with UBUNTU - The software package and version of Linux has proven to be as good - and as easy to use and understand - as any MS Windows - software package available.

To all your Staff - at Computerbank - Hardware, Software, and Sales

Anonymous

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There have been a lot more people coming in with their own computers and laptops asking for our Ubuntu system. We do great work! It would be such a shame to have to close in the near future.

For the next year, our big challenge, is moving to new premises along with a marketing campaign. We have a winning formula for recycling computers with free and open source software and we have the equipment -  we just need to increase the amount of people aware of us and accessing our services. We should also continue to find new areas of sales and service so we can increase our income streams. It will be exciting to have an updated website, it is great to have Josh Bowden designing the new website.

 This report would not be complete without thanking everyone for their involvement and participation.

It would be remiss of me if I did not mention our wonderful sales team at the front of house.

Richard O'Beirne, Brian Salter-Duke, Bill Boledziuk and Barry Klein.

Big big thanks to all our awesome volunteers and casual staff during 2017/2018 – Bill Boledziuk, Brian SD, Garry J, Aaron C, Garry L, Barry K, Bill, Brian, Brett,  Toby, Ricky S, Cloud of Unknowing, Rob Brittain,  Graham, Tom, James, Andrew, Matt, Leigh, Mike, Lina M, Daniel, Cameron, Feng Y, Meysam M, Michael B, Michael G, Phillip N, Joshua, James, Ian, Peter, Kayden, Chris, Justin, Treena L, John Caddick, Allan and all those that I have forgotten.

Thanks also to all our  committee members:  Keydan D’Mello, Josh Bowden, Bill Boledzuik (Treasurer), Brian Salter-Duke (President), Justin Bush (Secretary), Tom Waymouth and Richard O'Berne (Vice President).


OUR OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES

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SECTION 3

OUR FINANCES

AUDITOR’S REPORT


FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Computerbank uses cash-based accounting, and below is our balance sheet for the financial year 2017-2018.

Computerbank Victoria INC Statement of Receipts and Payments

For The 12mths Ended 30 June 2018

Last year

2018

$

2017

Opening Balances as at 01 July '17

Westpac Bank Society Savings A/C

3822

2507

ING Savings A/C

2758

35942

Cash on hand

162

169

Mebank

36277

Total

43019

38618

Receipts

Donation

399

629

equip sales-desktops

29284

37681

-laptops

38863

36509

shop sales

7029

7334

ebay sales

38543

33632

consulting

1041

1347

member

120

154

E-waste sales

2723

5903

GST Refunds

4230

3681

bank interest

762

195

other income

1500

4976

grants

0

0

Total

124493

132041

PAYMENTS

merchant&a/c fees

643

656

ebay fees/comm

5378

5723

volunteer meals

403

263

fuel reimb

616

1405

consumer affairs

72

230

courier&postage

1951

1623

insurance vol/other

730

808

hardware receipts

0

17

hardware internal

1863

4226

printing

0

0

phone calls

1532

1245

office expense

1366

1331

Internet charges

977

1228

utilities

2170

1875

consulting /contract

0

393

rent

47029

48654

wages

46454

46098

work cover

0

196

Super payments

3162

5450

audit/accounting fees

0

0

ATO Payments

0

44

sundries

384

5652

petty cash

0

0

refund

363

523

Total

115093

127640

closing bank balances as at 30June2018

Westpac Bank Society Savings A/C

2047

3822

ING Savings A/C

784

2758

Cash on hand

179

162

mebank

49409

36277

Total

$52,419

43019

Surplus for year

$9,400

4401

SECTION 4

OUR OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & THANK YOU

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Donors

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Grants and funding

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Corporate & community partners

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Volunteers

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Members

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

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Become a member

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Leave a bequest

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Support an event or fundraising activity

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Other ways you can help our cause

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LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

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CONTACT US

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Annual Report 2018 Computerbank Victoria Inc