Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Supporting communities on Brisbane’s northside

Aspleycare’s new building, constructed with a $280,000 grant from the Australian Government, was officially opened today by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin.

The expanded premises will help Aspleycare continue its support for the community’s most vulnerable people, as it has been doing for almost 30 years.

“The construction of the new building delivers on our election commitment to the local community,” Ms Macklin said.

“It provides vital support for Aspleycare – a not-for-profit organisation which each year helps more than 1,200 people in Aspley and North Brisbane.”

“Through the work of almost 100 dedicated volunteers Aspleycare supports local people through emergency relief, home help for the elderly, transport and referral services for homelessness, health and domestic violence.

“As well, Aspleycare helps many people under extreme financial stress with emergency assistance including food and petrol vouchers and help with rent payments,” Ms Macklin said.

Aspleycare’s new building provides an appropriately private and confidential place for volunteers to continue their important work.

Ms Macklin said the effort and determination of the Federal Member for Petrie, Yvette D’Ath, had been instrumental in getting the project completed.

“Yvette has been a great advocate for Aspleycare, recognising the enormous contribution it makes to the local community,” she said.

Across the country, community, welfare and religious organisations together account for about 30 per cent of volunteering activity, which contributes a total of around $42 billion to the Australian economy each year.

The new premises for Aspleycare are located on the parish grounds of Our Lady and St Dympna’s in Aspley, allowing Aspleycare to continue its work in the local community.