Relief as emergency services made available again in Rockingham

Coastal District Care Inc. Secretary Jim Smeaton, Chairperson Gillian Harris and Brand MP Gary Gray.
Coastal District Care Inc. Secretary Jim Smeaton, Chairperson Gillian Harris and Brand MP Gary Gray.

WHEN the Rockingham Emergency Relief service shut down as result of government funding cuts, it affected 1600 local families.

Run through Anglicare at the St Nicholas Community Centre, it closed on June 30.

It provided the homeless, families and individuals facing crisis with food parcels, bedding, clothing and vouchers when available.

However, by raising money themselves, the service has re-opened as Coastal District Care Inc.

Chairperson Gillian Harris said the first steps back were tentative.

“We are crawling at the moment,” she said. “We just really want to thank those from the Rockingham community who have and are supporting us to get back on our feet, particularly Anglicare for taking over the rent for a short time.”

Brand MP Gary Gray was pleased to see the service re-open.

“The decision for the cuts hurt 1600 families in the area,” he said. “I’m indebted to Coastal District Care for coming back.”

Mr Gray recently took the issue to Parliament where he called on the Federal government to reverse the cuts.