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Community organisations share in $1.4 million

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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MEMBER FOR HUNTER CHIEF GOVERNMENT WHIP ___________________________________________________________

8 June 2011


The Gillard Government is investing an additional $1.4 million over three years to help 14 community organisations in the Hunter electorate provide emergency relief services to vulnerable families and individuals.

The Government is also providing ongoing funding for a financial counselling service ran by the Samaritans Foundation to assist local people in crisis.

Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon said this ongoing investment for front line organisations will ensure services in the Hunter electorate can continue to help people in need.

“Emergency relief services provide vulnerable families and individuals with life essentials such as food, clothing, pharmacy, transport vouchers and help with accommodation and utility bills,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“This secure, ongoing funding recognises that demand for emergency relief services remains high across our region. It will help support the valuable role of local services in the Hunter electorate.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the Government is also continuing to fund the Samaritians Foundation financial counselling service in the Hunter electorate over the next three years.

“One local financial counselling service will continue to deliver free, confidential and professional counselling to people experiencing financial difficulties,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

The Gillard Government is also providing $2.2 million over three years for the 1800 007 007 number so people can anywhere in the country ring to speak directly to a qualified financial counsellor.

“A call to 1800 007 007 will provide immediate access to a financial counsellor, including for people who may not be able to readily access a face-to-face service,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

This funding is part of an additional $171.9 million over four years the Gillard Government has invested in emergency relief and financial counselling services, and for innovative projects such as low interest loans and matched savings schemes.

The successful community providers are:

Kandos Rylstone Emergency Relief


Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre Inc $17,483

Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation $17,483

Samaritans Foundation - Cessnock Community Care Centre $223,679

Salvation Army Cessnock Community Welfare Centre $141,169

St Vincent de Paul - Cessnock $65,786

St Vincent de Paul - Kurri Kurri (servicing Cessnock) $65,786

Maitland Neighbourhood Centre Inc $186,161

Salvation Army Maitland Community Welfare Centre $133,103

St Vincent de Paul - Maitland $183,283

Upper Hunter Community Services Incorporated


Singleton Neighbourhood Centre Inc $114,831

St Clair Singleton Aboriginal Corporation $14,348

St Vincent de Paul - Upper Hunter Shire (servicing Merriwa, Murrundi, Scone)


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