Burdekin Shire Council has thrown its support behind this year’s Anti-Poverty Week (16-22 October) in an effort to raise awareness in the community.
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said poverty and hardship affected more than a million Australians across the nation.
“Our community can help by donating toiletries and non-perishable food items to Council and these will then be donated to the Burdekin Community Association (BCA),” she said.
“The BCA supports and provides services to those needing social, welfare and health needs in our Shire.
“Council is proud to take part in this event and it is hoped we can make a difference to someone who is in need.
“There are sections of our community that are having difficulty making ends meet and one of the underlying factors causing this is the high unemployment rate in the Townsville region.
“The youth unemployment rate in the Townsville region, according to a March report from the Brotherhood of St Laurence, is sitting at 17.6 per cent.
“This is something we all need to address and work together to reduce.”
Residents can donate items at Council’s Customer Service Centre, Burdekin Library Ayr and Home Hill Branch Library.