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17 Apr 2018

Help a Mate Darwin on Facebook connects community who want to help each other out

Thankfully the City of Darwin did not implement a suggested Tree Levy on rate payers. Residents are still experiencing financial stress paying to remove trees from private properties and unit complexes in the wake of Cyclone Marcus, as these are not covered by insurance. For those still needing assistance, “Help A Mate” is available through Facebook. (Search Facebook for ‘Help a Mate Darwin’, apply to join the group and then post your request.)

Territorians are wonderful at helping others. Recently a gentleman had a problem with Centrelink and, through no fault of his own, his pension was cut off. This meant he couldn’t pay his rent. We heard it was Centrelink’s mistake, but his pension was still stopped. His landlord and Property Manager went out of their way to help setting up some crowdfunding to pay his rent. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. We have received several reports of the same thing happening, along with delays in payments. These delays really do cause hardship and distress.

COTA NT has a fundraiser at the Deckchair Cinema showing the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s on the 13th May. We would love to have more volunteers assisting us with the catering and other tasks, so call us if you are able to help.

COTA NT’s survey is also coming to a shopping centre near you! It is extremely important that COTA NT as an advocacy and lobbying entity receives information from the people we represent. So please if we send you the survey by e-mail, take some time to fill this out.  If you see us in shopping centres, take time to have a chat and fill out the survey.  The survey will also be available at the Seniors Expo on Friday 1 June, again come along and help us help you.

~ Sue Shearer, CEO of COTA NT

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