Filling a com­mu­nity gap

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Mundubbera Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion is unique among its city coun­ter­parts – it helps and sup­ports all kinds of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity strug­gling to make ends meet.

Cen­tre man­ager John Sharp said the or­gan­i­sa­tion catered for a wide range of is­sues.

“Ba­si­cally we do ev­ery­thing no one else does,” Mr Sharp said.

“Peo­ple come here when they find all other ser­vices closed off to them.

“We of­fer any­thing from child care to emer­gency re­lief, ad­vo­cacy and dis­abil­ity sup­port.”

Mr Sharp said the or­gan­i­sa­tion also helped res­i­dents who were not well off to get back on their feet.

“We help peo­ple that come to the area, low so­cio-eco­nomic peo­ple that have come here with no fur­ni­ture, no school uni­forms and we get them up and run­ning,” he said.

“Some be­come long-term mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, oth­ers move on af­ter a lit­tle while.”

Mr Sharp said while he could not men­tion spe­cific cases the or­gan­i­sa­tion dealt with, the work they did helped many peo­ple strug­gling in the North Bur­nett.

“It could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween some­one self-harm­ing or worse; the dif­fer­ence be­tween break and en­ter­ing and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” he said.

“The pe­riph­eral ef­fects are broad rang­ing through the com­mu­nity.”

PHO­TOS: TOBI LOF­TUS

HELP­ING HAND: June Ja­cobi and John Sharpe out­side the Mundubbera Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

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