Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

I WOULD like to wel­come ev­ery­one back to the new year as we pre­pare for what may be a chal­leng­ing year with the weather be­ing drier than what we have ex­pe­ri­enced in pre­vi­ous Jan­uarys, and con­tin­u­ing changes in poli­cies of both state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments as all de­part­ments con­tinue to make ad­just­ments to meet the fis­cal chal­lenges cur­rently fac­ing the en­tire devel­oped world.

Mun­dub­bera Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion will con­tinue to as­sist in sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity mem­bers of the North Bur­nett by de­liv­er­ing a di­verse range of ser­vices in­clud­ing the well utilised Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment Pro­gram.

The as­so­ci­a­tion con­tin­ues to de­velop strate­gies to de­liver pro­grams to as­sist vul­ner­a­ble and dis­ad­van­taged per­sons and has a num­ber of new ini­tia­tives to trial to en­cour­age com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The as­so­ci­a­tion has re­cently launched the con­cept of the Read­ing Tent and this con­cept will visit all towns in the re­gion dur­ing the year with an ac­tiv­ity planned for each week to pro­mote in­creased read­ing skills for fam­i­lies with young chil­dren.

The well sup­ported Lo­cal Blokes Lo­cal An­swers pro­gram will con­tinue and a num­ber of sup­port groups will be devel­oped as an iden­ti­fied need as a di­rect out­come of this project.

The pro­gram will en­deav­our to at­tract a di­verse range of speak­ers to meet the out­comes of feed­back from par­tic­i­pants.

The Broad­band for Se­niors Com­puter Train­ing and the Catch Up Com­puter Tu­tor­ing ser­vice is recom­menc­ing and the as­so­ci­a­tion en­cour­ages all com­mu­nity mem­bers to en­gage and in­crease their aware­ness of the ben­e­fits of util­is­ing tech­nol­ogy.

The long-run­ning Movie Morn­ings will not be de­liv­ered each month due to lim­ited sup­port, how­ever most other projects will con­tinue while there is an iden­ti­fied com­mu­nity need.

If you wish to en­gage in any of the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Mun­dub­bera Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion or wish to dis­cuss what you con­sider a gap in ser­vices avail­able, phone 4165 4690.

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