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News 8 September 2010


QGC provides A$40,000 for community support services

Coal seam gas company QGC Pty Limited has provided A$40,000 to expand services at four Surat Basin family and community support centres.

The Centres, the Tara Neighbourhood Centre, Myall Youth and Community Network Centre (Dalby), Murilla Community Centre (Miles) and the Chinchilla Family Support Centre, each received $10,000 to build the capacity of their organisations.

The Centres provide a range of services to the community including computer, internet access and administration, community development, family support, child care coordination, aged care programs, rural family support and adult education programs.

Many centres are also Centrelink agencies and host visiting services such as Legal Aid and other professionals.

"This equipment will help us offer topics such as communication skills, cooking classes, English conversation as a second language and budgeting courses."

Centres at both Chinchilla and Miles will hire more people to assist with administrative functions. This will free up other staff to focus on service delivery.

Murilla Community Centre manager Cecily Brockhurst said the centre was a one-stop-shop for information and support to individuals, families and community groups about Government services and programs, including Centrelink, funding submissions, drought assistance, Legal Aid and stress management.

"Staff at the centre reported increased client contacts and enquiries over the past twelve months due to the number of significant projects and major developments in the Miles area," she said.