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NSW Labor Member for Lismore Janelle Saffin has welcomed today’s start to Neighbourhood Centre Week across the country.

Ms Saffin says this year’s ‘Stronger Together’ theme is particularly true of how neighbourhood centres on the Northern Rivers have helped communities through disaster recovery.

The NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Recovery named centres in her Lismore electorate as part of a media release acknowledging the week-long campaign.

The Murwillumbah Community Centre; Resilient Lismore; Northern Rivers Community Gateway; Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre; Kyogle Together; Tenterfield Social Development Committee; and Women up North Housing were mentioned.

‘In 2022 floods many of these centres were themselves flooded and had to get back up and running in temporary accommodation to make sure local residents could get the urgent support they needed,’ Ms Saffin said.

The centres continued to be vibrant hubs of community activity, Ms Saffin said, ‘bringing together people from all walks of life to connect, learn and play’.

‘These are places where people can find the help and programs they need, or volunteer their services to help others in the community,’ the Lismore MP said.

‘They are so important in keeping people socially connected and linked to their local community.’

Other neighbourhood centres on the Northern Rivers include but are not limited to the Mullumbimby District Neighbourhood Centre; Byron Community Centre; and Wardell CORE.

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