04 June 2024

Mr ANOULACK CHANTHIVONG (Macquarie Fields—Minister for Better Regulation and Fair Trading, Minister for Industry and Trade, Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology, Minister for Building, and Minister for Corrections) — The persisting impact of the cost-of-living crisis has aggravated the challenges already being faced by many people in my electorate. The Macquarie Fields Salvation Army is a beacon of hope for people in our community doing it tough. Captain Darren Kingston and the team at Mac Fields Salvos do an extraordinary job helping others, through a regular community pantry, market stalls and events promoting community connection, friendship, faith and fun. The Men's Mob meet regularly to provide a safe space for discussing mental health and other issues. Now, the Red Shield Appeal, is seeking community support to help continue these programs and assist people who are struggling to make ends meet. This year, the Red Shield Appeal celebrates 60 years – a significant milestone. Since 1964, the Salvos have been walking alongside everyday Australians to provide much-needed assistance, comfort and hope in times of crisis. Every 17 seconds, the Salvation Army in Australia helps someone in need. Providing tangible support and new beginnings on a daily basis for those in desperate need is why we all say 'Thank God for the Salvos'.