Abelia Hissink, Mullumbimby
I was dismayed to hear in town recently that the Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre had to let go of long-term administrative staff and reduce the hours of another welfare coordinator owing to a lack of funding.
Thankfully I have read (Echonetdaily 6/02/2019) that a couple has donated $40k for the rehire of the administrative worker.
The Neighbourhood Centre provides essential frontline services to any number of adults and children requiring meals, showers, everyday living items, mental health and crisis support, and access to safe houses.
Astoundingly the Centre isn’t fully funded by government and has to apply for other buckets of money simply to open its doors.
Although there is a suggestion that a new model of funding will be considered by the state government, I’d like an assurance from our current politicians, and those planning to run for parliament, that funding for services will be at the forefront of their minds, today and after the state election.
Why are our most vulnerable citizens being put at risk?