Council calls on Indigenous residents to attend Community Information Day

13 September, 2011Posted in: Community

Wingecarribee Shire Council is calling on the region’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to attend an Aboriginal Community Information and Assistance Day in Bowral on Thursday 15 September.

The Aboriginal Community Information and Assistance Day is being hosted by Wingecarribee Shire Council in partnership with theDepartment of Premier and Cabinet, Aboriginal Affairs NSW and theSydney and Queanbeyan Indigenous Coordination Centres.

The purpose of the free event is to help community members gain better access to information on the services provided by State and commonwealth agencies in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.

“The members of Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee have been concerned for some time about the evident gaps in Aboriginal services,” said Councillor Larry Whipper, Chair of Council’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

“And the Aboriginal Community Information and Assistance Day is an opportunity for both our Shire’s Indigenous residents and community representatives to learn more about the public and community service facilities that are available to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait citizens.”

Representatives from the Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages will be on hand advising how to obtain free birth certificates as will delegates from the Roads and Traffic Authority, AANSW Family Records Unit, State Debt Recovery, Centrelink, Office of Fair Trading, Community Services, Ministry of Transport, NSW Ombudsman, Australian Electoral Commission, Department of Education and Training, TAFE NSW, Local Health Network, Legal Aid, Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) and Medicare.

The day has been organised following similar seminars held in the North Coast, Western Sydney, Hunter Valley and far South Coast.

The Aboriginal Community Information and Assistance Day will be heldbetween 10am and 2pm on Thursday 15 September at Kazcare in Bowral on the corner of Kirkham and Centennial Roads, Bowral.

For more information on the Aboriginal Community Information and Assistance Day contact Council’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Marie Barbaric on phone 4868 0856.