Community organisations share in over $1.4 million

$1.43 million will be invested over the next three years by the Gillard Government to help four community organisations in Chifley provide emergency relief services to vulnerable families and individuals.

Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation in Blackett, Anglicare in Mount Druitt and Blacktown, and Salvation Army St Mary's Community Welfare Centre in Lethbridge Park are the organisations that will share the funding.

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic said this ongoing investment for front line organisations will ensure services in Chifley can continue to help people in need.

“For many vulnerable families and individuals living in Blacktown and Mt Druitt, emergency relief services provide them with essentials like food, clothing, pharmacy, transport vouchers and assistance with accommodation and utility bills,” Mr Husic 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 Blacktown and Mt Druitt.”

Mr Husic said the Government is also continuing to fund a financial counselling service in Mt Druitt over the next three years.

“The local financial counselling services provided by Anglicare will continue to deliver free, confidential and professional counselling to people experiencing financial difficulties,” Mr Husic said.

The Gillard Government is also providing $2.2 million over three years for the
1800 007 007 number so people can ring and speak directly to a qualified financial counsellor, no matter where they are in the Country.

“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.”

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 Gillard Government recognises that we have a patchwork economy. That is why it is critical to support the most disadvantaged in our community.

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Ed Husic MP
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