Help at op­por­tu­nity hub

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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

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