Media Releases by The Hon John Cobb MP

Huon Valley community working with youth

Young people in Huon Valley, with the help of local police, will have access to a range of activities and a support network following the unveiling of plans for a multi-purpose youth centre. The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb,… Continue reading

Oakdale Industries

Following the recent bush fires in Hobart, the Australian Government has provided additional funding of almost $30,000 to assist Oakdale Industries with repairs and equipment. The Minister for Community Service, John Cobb, today presented a cheque to Oak Enterprises to… Continue reading

Statement

Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, categorically rejects the allegations made in today’s Australian newspaper, that ‘if he had a child with a disability and it was going to cause stress he would get rid of it.’ Mr Cobb said… Continue reading

Equity for rural pensioners

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb today said the Australian Government had passed legislation (Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (2006 Budget Measures) Bill 2006) through the House of Representatives, which will boost support… Continue reading

Labor Wrong Again

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today rejected claims by Member for Sydney, Tanya Plibersek, that the Australian Government is failing women and children escaping family violence. ‘Family breakdown often involves domestic violence where women and accompanying children seek… Continue reading

Minister Cobb visits Orange

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, was in Orange today to visit Wangarang Industries, a local organisation providing employment for up to 125 people with disability. ‘Wangarang Industries offers employment to people with disability to provide packaging and mailing,… Continue reading

Mudgee youth Reconnect

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, will today visit the Mudgee Reconnect Service, which is supporting young people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness to reconcile with their family and create ties to their local community. Mudgee… Continue reading

Equal employment opportunities in Mudgee

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today toured the facilities of Mudgee Foundation and met with the dedicated employees who have made the business such a success. ‘Mudgee Foundation is a business service, funded by the Australian Government, which… Continue reading

Funding for a haven in the west

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today announced more than $200 000 in additional funding to Westhaven Industries to help the organisation purchase new equipment and seek business development advice. ‘Westhaven Industries is an Australian Government funded Business Service,… Continue reading

Enhancement of the National Disability Advocacy Program

People with a disability in regional Australia will have increased access to disability advocacy services, under proposed changes to the Australian Government’s National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP). The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb today proposed a series of changes… Continue reading

Helping the Youth of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today visited the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Accommodation Service (KBYAS), which helps young people in the region. ‘The Salvation Army has established this centre to assist young homeless people, and those at risk, remain connected… Continue reading

Minister Cobb visits Activ Mining Supplies

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today visited Activ Mining Supplies, a business providing meaningful employment for people with disability in Kalgoorlie. ‘Activ Mining Supplies is one of 14 Activ Foundation outlets and offers supported employment for people with… Continue reading

Minister Cobb supports disability advocacy

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today visited the Goldfields Community Legal Centre which is contracted by Sussex Street Community Law Service to deliver advocacy services to people with disability in the Kalgoorlie region. ‘By providing advocacy services and… Continue reading

Activ receives $1 million for employment services

A business service in Western Australia will receive an additional $1 million in Australian Government funding to support their disability employment services. The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, and the Minister for Education, Science and Training and Member for… Continue reading

Workpower gets $100,000 boost

Perth employment service Workpower has received almost $100,000 in Australian Government funding to assist them in providing supported employment opportunities to more than 250 people with disability. The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today visited Workpower’s Qualipac Plus business… Continue reading

Keeping youth in Joondalup connected

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today visited Joondalup Youth Support Service to see first hand the outstanding support they provide for young people in need of secure housing. ‘The Australian Government views homelessness as a very serious issue… Continue reading

$4.1 million to address homelessness in Australia

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today called for services working towards preventing and reducing homelessness in the community to apply for a share in $4.1 million in Australian Government funding. Mr Cobb said under the National Homelessness Strategy,… Continue reading

Minister connecting with youth in Melbourne’s north

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today toured the successfully run Crossroads Reconnect service, which provides mediation, counselling and support sessions for young people in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. ‘It is important when young people are feeling vulnerable and isolated… Continue reading

Government Delivering Jobs for Disabled Australians

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb highlighted in Question Time today the Australian Government’s role in creating meaningful employment for Australians with disabilities. Mr Cobb said Disability Business Services are providing over 17,000 jobs around Australia in 232 businesses… Continue reading

New premises for Self Help Workplace

Member for Bass, Michael Ferguson, on behalf of the Minister for Community Services, Hon John Cobb, today officially opened the new, purpose-built retail shopfront for Self Help Workplace. ‘Self Help Workplace has been operating for over 40 years and is… Continue reading

One-on-one support for Gunnedah youth

Young people aged 8 to 19 years in Gunnedah, NSW, will receive one-on-one mentoring as a result of more than $143 000 in Australian Government funding. The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today joined the Governor-General, His Excellency Major… Continue reading

AIHW bulletin highlights child homelessness

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) today released a bulletin showing that children make up 43 per cent of people in supported accommodation. ‘The main findings of the bulletin are very disturbing and highlight one of the main… Continue reading

Celebration of Youth

Trisha Broadbridge, 2006 Young Australian of the Year, today joined the Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, to celebrate International Youth Day and the contribution young people make to our community. Speaking at the Youth in the City Youth Centre,… Continue reading