Help at opportunity hub
SELF-HELP for Aboriginal groups took another positive step forward on Friday with the opening of the Opportunity Hub at Mossman Gorge.
Federal Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin officially opened the hub and handed the keys over to local manager Roberta Henning when she visited Mossman Gorge on Friday.
The new community hub will provide a central point for local Aboriginal people to access support services to keep their lives on track.
The Australian Government has invested $418,000 to deliver the new hub, which will be run by Cape York Partnerships.
The hub will provide local people with a place to access services such as financial counseling to help people better manage their money, student education trusts to set aside money for their children’s education, tenancy assistance and parenting support.
“We want to ensure that local people have access to all the support they need so they can have happy, healthy, stable lives,” Ms Macklin said.
“It’s is no good for anybody getting to the end of the week and finding that they have no money,
“Understanding and knowing how to run a budget and sticking to it is vital for quality of life and self-esteem.
“And we want to see local people taking up job opportunities in the area.
“Through this new Opportunity Hub people will get the support they need to keep their lives on track and get ready for work.”
The hub would also provide an opportunity for five young local indigenous women to undertake a landscaping project that would count towards their certificates in Conservation and Land Management.
Team effort: Karen Dobson, Jenny Macklin, Roberta Henning, Senator Jan McLucas, Noel Pearson and Alfred Diamond