Forum looks at child poverty

WOLLONGONG Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery will host a forum to discuss issues surrounding poverty in childhood during Anti-Poverty Week 2012.

The forum, to be held at Council’s Administration centre will discuss what does poverty look like in our community and how do we address the issue of poverty.

“We know that poverty and sever hardship is experienced by more than one million Australians each year,” Cr Bradbery said.

“Poverty in parts of our city is also deeply entrenched with up to 15 per cent of children experiencing poverty during this year.

“We must act together in a fairly affluent stage of Australia’s development to help move people from the disconcerting pressure that poverty and hardship brings.

“The forum will be an opportunity to discuss this difficult issue.”

The forum will include guest speakers, including the Wollongong City Young Citizen of the Year Makenzie Russell; there will also be a Q&A panel discussion

If you are interested in attending the Anti-Poverty Week forum, you can register your interest by calling Council on (02) 4227 7111 or email your interest to

Anti-Poverty Week Forum

Date: Wednesday October 17

Time: 10.30am to 12 noon

Venue: Council Chambers, Level 10, Administration Building, 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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