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$103,000 Federal grant will assist Woolgoolga Neighbourhood Centre to continue migrant programme.



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper

MEDIA RELEASE

July 5, 2004

$103,000 Federal grant will assist Woolgoolga Neighbourhood Centre to continue migrant programme

The Woolgoolga Neigbourhood Centre will continue the excellent services they provide for new migrants to Australia after they were awarded almost $103,000 in Federal Government funding.

The funding, which is under the Australian Government’s Community Settlement Services Scheme, will ensure new migrants to the region can assimilate into local communities.

Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said the funding will help the Neighbourhood Centre to assist migrants for the next two and a half years.

“By assisting new migrants to settle more easily into local communities this Commonwealth programme aims to help with lifestyle adjustments so new arrival can achieve a level of independence and participate in Australian society,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Under the programme, migrants and humanitarian entrants are encouraged to learn about Australian life and values and to contribute to and be involved in their communities.”

The funding for Woolgoolga Neighbourhood Centre will allow them to provide a referral service and planning development for newly arrived migrants from Woolgoolga to Maclean in the Clarence Valley.

The $102,955 in funding is outcome based and will ensure a high level of assistance is available.

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Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, with members of the Board of the Woolgoolga Neighbourhood Centre and staff (from Left) Nasib Grewal, Rhashmere Bhatti, Sister Margaret Bannon and Guy Guthrie.

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Media Contact: Greg Pierce 02 66 52 62 33. Mobile 0408 532 785 Email: greg.pierce@aph.gov.au Canberra: 6277 4447