Greens senator Rachel Siewert is heading to Tweed Heads next Monday (July 22) to host a free forum enabling locals to discuss a range of social and economic issues impacting on people across the Tweed Shire.
Issues on the agenda include the recent cuts to single parent payments, disability support services, housing stress and the Newstart allowance. The forum will also feature speakers from local community service organisations and NGOs working in the community sector.
‘With rents and cost of living going up, many residents across the Tweed Shire are telling me that they are struggling to make ends meet,’ Senator Siewert said.
‘What concerns me is that many families receiving a government support payment are being forced to live on an income well below the poverty line. For instance, the Newstart allowance is recognised as being almost 40 per cent below the poverty line. Housing stress, unemployment and disability access are also increasing issues for our community.’
Greens Richmond candidate Dawn Walker said she was ‘very excited that Senator Siewert is coming to Tweed Heads to hear directly from local single parents, job seekers and other community members’.
‘It’s important that issues impacting on the daily lives of Tweed Shire residents are heard by decision makers in Canberra. Many of these voices are not being heard by the old parties.’
The Community Welfare Forum will be held 6–7.30pm on Monday 22 July at Banora Point Community Centre, off Leisure Drive. Supper will be provided and children are welcome.