NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has praised the work of community groups as they continue focussing on helping those struggling through tough times.
“During the drought, the Werris Creek CWA drew on its financial reserves, as well as donations from the public and their ‘Drought Relief Morning Teas’ to provide food hampers, vouchers and clean drinking water to those in need,” Mr Anderson said.
“However, sometimes the helpers need help.
“The breaking of the drought saw donations fall away and then the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on fund-raising, left the organisation with mounting debts and little income.
“The CWA lodged a request for emergency funding, which I strongly supported, to cover ongoing costs including rates, power and insurance.
“The application was successful and it was great to present a NSW Government cheque for $4,000 to meet these ongoing expenses.
“It’s important that those who help us in times of need are themselves supported when they face tough times.
“We need community groups like the CWA to remain viable so they can continue their valuable work of providing support to those in need.
“They also go a long way to providing the ‘glue’ that helps hold local communities together, especially during challenging times.”
This year, the Werris Creek CWA celebrates its 90th anniversary – an incredible achievement given it was established as the country faced the Great Depression, then World War II and numerous challenges since.
“I wish the organisation well as it continues its valuable work within the local community,” Mr Anderson concluded.