NSW Premier: Don't cut community organisations.
  • Petitioned Barry O'Farrell

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NSW Premier
Barry O'Farrell
NSW Minister for Community Services
Pru Goward
Director General - Department of Premier and Cabinet
Chris Eccles
NSW Treasurer
Mike Baird

NSW Premier: Don't cut community organisations.

    1. Megan Clement-Couzner
    2. Petition by

      Megan Clement-Couzner

      Woolloomooloo, Australia

I'm a young woman who lives in Sydney. I know the value of community organisations. I recently had a young queer friend from Western Sydney approach me, asking for help to deal with issues of homophobia and severe depression. I knew she was at risk of self harm. Having community services in NSW meant I could help her access free counseling and a support group. She would never have been able to afford these services otherwise. Without organisations like the Gay and Lesbian Counseling Service, I wouldn't have known how to help her.

Twenty-six vital community organisations, including the Welfare Rights Centre, Lifeline (Sydney and Sutherland), Redfern Legal Centre's financial counselling service and the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service and Twenty10, are at risk of having their funding cut by the NSW Government.

"An internal review by Community Services, part of the Department of Family and Community Services, has recommended reducing funding to at least seven organisations, including the Welfare Rights Centre, Lifeline (Sydney and Sutherland), Redfern Legal Centre's financial counselling service and the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service."

"Alternatively, they may be moved to the aegis of the Department of Health, or to Ageing Disability and Home Care without funding." Adele Horin, SMH, 16/8/12

Lots of people find themselves in tough situations. Community organisations help them see a future. They also help us help each other.

Premier O'Farrell, don't cut community. Have Community Services, of the Department of Family and Community Services, leave funding intact for all of us.

The campaign website is barrycutswebleed.com - please check it out.

Premier O'Farrell is on Twitter here and Minister Pru Goward is here. Use the hashtag #BOFcutswebleed to tweet about this petition!

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      Liverpool Women's Resource Centre is a small agency in the middle of one of Liverpool's most disadvantaged areas. For 28 years the service has provided support, programs, information and projects responsive to the changing needs of the community around us. On the radar of the state government we are undoubtedly a very small blip.

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    • Edwina Searle SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I want to live in a world where altruism is revered over wealth, and where the most vulnerable members of our community are taken care of.

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    • Peter Stephens AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Community services saved my life...seriously

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    • Naomi Cartledge SHELLHARBOUR, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I've been involved with the Women's Health Centre, Warilla, NSW and am currently a board member. I know of the vital work that the amazing women at this community based health centre do every day, and have been doing for about 30 years. The positive impact on the community is immense, and this past year has been quite exciting in relation to the numbers of women accessing this vital service. I'm also aware of the other many organisations (community based also) in the Illawarra and the imperative nature of their work on a daily basis. Some of these services are unique, such as the counselling service for children and adult victims of sexual assault and abuse. We MUST not lose these vital services - the impact would be just too awful to contemplate! I totally support this campaign!

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    • Cherie Butler AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Community services are critical for the most disadvantaged people in our community.

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    • Joan Gennery ASHFIELD, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The organisations that are targetted for funding cuts have all provided services to family/friends/clients at one time - the result has been positive for people but also positive for the government as their intervention, knowledge or support to individuals and communities has saved more expensive interventions at a later period.

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