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Delivering financial support to those most in need in Hunter.



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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MEMBER FOR HUNTER

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20 August 2009

DELIVERING FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THOSE MOST IN NEED IN HUNTER

Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon today welcomed the Australian Government’s $468,000 boost to 14 emergency relief providers in the Hunter electorate.

Emergency relief provides people with immediate support including vouchers to cover food, transport, pharmacy and utility costs, rent and accommodation assistance and food and clothing parcels.

“We know that many people are under pressure trying to cope with the impact of the global financial crisis. More and more people are feeling the strain of keeping up with mortgage and rent payments, bills and food costs,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

Community organisations in New South Wales are reporting increased demand for emergency relief and financial counselling with new client groups including middle income families, homeowners and small business owners seeking support for the first time.

“This funding boost will help community organisations provide much-needed emergency relief in the local community,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

To support Australians doing it tough, the Rudd Government has doubled emergency relief funding.

“Over the next two years an extra $80.4 million across Australia in emergency relief and financial counselling will help families and individuals at risk of falling through the cracks,” Minister for Families and Community Services Jenny Macklin said.

“Emergency relief funding will flow to 689 organisations working in 1299 locations across Australia.”

This funding is provided under the Australian Government’s Financial Management Program.

Successful community organisations

Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre Inc $5,718

Black Creek Aboriginal Corporation $5,718

Maitland Neighbourhood Centre Inc $64,194

Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council $11,115

Salvation Army Cessnock Community Welfare Centre $46,167

Salvation Army Maitland Community Welfare Centre $45,898

Samaritans Foundation - Cessnock Community Care Centre $73,151 Singleton Neighbourhood Centre Inc $38,172

St Clair Singleton Aboriginal Corporation $4,766

St Vincent de Paul - Cessnock $21,515

St Vincent de Paul - Kurri Kurri $21,515

St Vincent de Paul - Maitland $63,203

St Vincent de Paul - Scone Our Lady Queen of Peace $27,216

Upper Hunter Community Services Incorporated $40,484

Media contact: Christine Boyd 0488 654 527

www.joelfitzgibbon.com