At the third Banking Roundtable of the year, Circle brought together 50 representatives from the financial world, including the Australian Banking Association, ASIC and the Big Four banks, to address inaccessibility issues arising for those living in remote communities. Stakeholders travelled from Bidyadanga, Fitzroy Crossing and across the country and made important progress on the issues described in the attached article from the Broome Advertiser. We're looking forward to continuing these discussions in 2023!
The collapse of the Aboriginal Community Benefit Fund (ACBF/Youpla) this year resulted in more than 30,000 First Nations people losing millions of dollars after being signed up to misleading funeral insurance plans. Broome CIRCLE has been a strong advocate of the Save Sorry Business Coalition’s petition for a fair and culturally appropriate resolution for the people harmed by the collapse of ACBF/Youpla and regulatory failures over three decades. This week, a group of First Nations advocates and Youpla policyholders are in Canberra, briefing MPs on what an adequate solution would look like. Our Money Support Hub financial counsellors have worked with many clients in our region harmed by the collapse, including Ardyaloon and Djarindjin as pictured here. There has been early success with the establishment of an interim scheme for families whose loved ones pass away in the next 12 months, but there is a lot more work to be done.
VOLUNTEERING CHAMPS OF BROOME PODCAST 🎧 In this hilarious and heart warming chat, Lucy Falcocchio tells us about her volunteering journey with Broome Pride Inc. and the impact that Broome Mardi Gras has had on her and her community. You can listen to her fantastic episode of the podcast below: https://soundcloud.com/goolarri-media/volunteer-champs-podcast-lucy-wav?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing This series has been made possible thanks to a partnership with Goolarri Media Enterprises and the Shire of Broome.
Our Block Rocks is back this Wednesday at Palmer Road Park! Jump on the water slide, have a snagga from the sausage sizzle or get a slick new haircut from 2:30pm! Broome Circle and a heap of other community organisations have organised some great activities for kids, families and all members of the community. See you Wednesday!