NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet was in Manly on Monday 6 March to visit the Community Northern Beaches (CNB) charity on Raglan Street.
Mr Perrottet surprised the charity – previously known as Manly Community Centre and in operation since 1977 – with a bigger support grant than they expected, promising them $150,000 to enable CNB to continue their operations.
$100,000 will come from the Premier’s Fund, with an additional $50,000 from Brad Hazzard, the Minister for Health’s department.
Upon arrival, Mr Perrottet met CNB’s Chief Executive Officer, Craig Stevens, who guided the Premier around their office while explaining the charity’s operation. CNB is partnered with a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations and other service charities to help facilitate and deliver their vital community services.
The Premier’s visit, accompanied by Manly MP and NSW Environment Minister James Griffin, and Liberal candidates for Pittwater and Wakehurst, Rory Amon and Toby Williams, respectively, included a tour of the premises and a meet-and-greet with the staff.
Mr Griffin, who introduced the Premier, told the gathering, “I know you’re not meant to have favourites when it comes to community groups, but the people who make up Community Northern Beaches know, over the past few years, how much I value the work they do, which started in Manly decades ago and since then has grown to serve people right across the Northern Beaches.”
Addressing the CNB staff, Mr Griffin continued, “It’s been a great privilege to work alongside you and to support you in your endeavours and the efforts you’ve made over many, many years to support the vulnerable and the voiceless in our community.”
Mr Perrottet, on announcing the new grant, added that he realised a lot of CNB’s work was ‘unseen’, but that he appreciated the impact it had on people’s lives.
“In government,” he said, “politics is always a major focus on big projects – infrastructure projects, hospitals, schools, public transport – but the best thing that we can do as a society is look after the most vulnerable in our community…”
Community Northern Beaches receives some recurring funding from Northern Beaches Council and otherwise relies on community support.
Community Northern Beaches
Community Hub and head office
52 Raglan St, Manly
Phone: (02) 9977 1066
Multicultural Service in Brookvale
Brookvale Community Centre
North Hall, 2 Alfred Road, Brookvale
Phone: (02) 9939 0100