Computer guru heads west with hopes of lending a hand

IT expert seeking producers with computer problems


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Rory Chapman is touring outback Queensland with his family, and hoping to do some free IT work along the way.

Rory Chapman is touring outback Queensland with his family, and hoping to do some free IT work along the way.

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The idea came from a simple request to help a friend's mum.

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A simple request to drop in on a friend's mum near Barcaldine has turned into a much larger mission for Rory Chapman. 

The IT expert from the Sunshine Coast is currently touring outback Queensland with his wife Jayme and three young kids and is planning to put his skills to use along the way. 

"We wanted to come down through central Queensland to get the experience of what it's all about," he said. 

"But I'd also always had this idea that I wanted to give something back."

Mr Chapman said the region's producers had enough on their plate and he hoped he could help by offering them free IT and computer support as he travelled through town.

"Just before we left for the trip, we spoke to a good friend of ours who has a family property near Barcaldine," he said. 

"Her mum was having computer troubles and she asked us to drop in on the way past."

Mr Chapman said he asked his friend whether there might be others in the region who could do with a hand sorting out their computers. 

The Chapmans would soon tour through Hughenden before leaving for Winton then Longreach.

The Chapmans would soon tour through Hughenden before leaving for Winton then Longreach.

"Our friend said we'd have to beat them off with a stick if an IT technician is coming through and offering help."

The Chapmans planned to drive through North Queensland and would soon arrive in Hughenden before heading down to Winton and Longreach. 

Although he was planning to drop in to work with a few local businesses, so far producers in the west had been slow to take him up on the offer, Mr Chapman said. 

"I've agreed to help a few businesses that have reached out. Now I'm hoping I can get out on to some farms and make life a bit easier."

Some recent bad news on the job front did have the silver lining of allowing the family to spend more time in Queensland's interior, Mr Chapman said.

"I took 12 months unpaid leave from work and we were going around seeing Australia. 

"Only in the last couple of days I've been made redundant, which is a bit unfortunate. But it has allowed us to extend our travels." 

Mr Chapman, who can be found at the These Wander Days blog on Facebook, said he would also be posting on local notice boards as he travelled. 

"I'm hoping there's a few people along the way that I can get out and help," he said.

"I genuinely just want to pop in and help and then potter out. There's nothing else to it."

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