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Government one stop shop opens in Wollongong

A NEW Department of Human Services one-stop-shop, officially opened in Wollongong today.

Senator Kim Carr said Wollongong residents now had the benefits of Medicare and Centrelink under the same roof.

“Wollongong residents now have access to a wider range of services at the one location, which features updated facilities and easy access for people with disability,” Senator Kim Carr said.

Federal MP for Cunningham Sharon Bird said the new one-stop-shop is one of the biggest service centres in southern NSW, with staff playing a big role in supporting the local community.

“This centre serves 800 people a day. It offers specialist staff including social workers and a financial services officer. An indigenous service officer and multicultural service officer also visit the service centre to provide additional support to those who need it,” Ms Bird said.

Federal MP for Throsby Stephen Jones said local job seekers were well supported through the centre.

“Staff from the Wollongong service centre recently ran their first Job Seeker Workshop, helping work-ready job seekers find employment,” he said.

“The aim was to share practical tips with job seekers in their first 13 weeks of unemployment before they become long-term unemployed, and outcomes so far have been promising.”

The Wollongong Service Centre is located at 43 Burelli Street and is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, with Medicare services available on Saturdays from 9am –12.30pm.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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