A chance for struggling Gold Coasters to get some help

A Gold Coast MP will host a public forum in two weeks time, to help people struggling to make ends meet, learn about services available to them.

Alex Douglas will head the Making Ends Meet gathering in Nerang on Tuesday October 21 at 9:30am.

“I believe linking people with assistance programs  is a step towards breaking the vicious poverty cycle,” he said.


“In my electorate of Gaven the median total personal income was $29,740 in the 2011 census which makes it very difficult to make ends meet.

Speakers will highlight community and government agencies in his electorate which provide a pathway from hopelessness, particularly with Christmas coming up.

“I decided to run this forum as part of Anti-Poverty Week which strengthens public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship,” Mr Douglas said.

“This forum will encourage discussion and action to address poverty and hardship  and I want to lend a hand to those who need to be introduced to these services.

“Making the connection is vital to a better future.”

A financial and gambling counsellor, Ms Carol O’Brien of Uniting Care and Ms Vicky Rose of Nerang Neighbourhood Centre will speak at the forum.

Poverty and severe hardship affect more than a million Australians and around the world more than a billion people are desperately poor.

RSVP’S can be submitted by phoning the Gaven Electorate Office by October 17 on 5502 1411 or email gaven@parliament.qld.gov.au.