EWON outreach

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander outreach activity

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander outreach initiatives have seen EWON’s Aboriginal Project Officer, Tracey Duncan, travelling to various locations across NSW. In Broken Hill, Tracey met with Thankakali Aboriginal Corporation, Essential Energy as well as welfare, housing and tenancy advisory services before heading to Wilcannia to present to the community about EWON services as part of Financial Literacy Community Day.

2012 marked the tenth year of the Yabun Festival to celebrate the survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and EWON was pleased to participate again as a stallholder and speak with visitors from across the state.

Tracey has been working closely with NSW State Land Council’s Indigenous Money Mentor (IMM) to bring important information and complaint services to communities in rural and remote areas. Most recently, EWON participated with the Anti-Discrimination Board and the Department of Environment & Heritage in an IMM forum series that visited Tamworth, Gunnedah, Caroona and Quirindi. We were pleased to see many Aboriginal customers in these towns enjoying the benefits of the Home Power Savings Program. Through our visit we also identified a billing issue we can now work with relevant organisations to see resolved for customers.

Tracey has also been busy continuing EWON’s work with the Department of Premier & Cabinet to provide community information and assistance. In March, she represented EWON at community events in Queanbeyan, Young, Yass and Goulburn.

Please email Tracey if you would like to organise for EWON to participate in a community event or initiative or to give a presentation.

Community development in the Illawarra and beyond

EWON STRONGLY VALUES its link to community welfare organisations and we continue to visit agencies and talk with workers and their clients about energy and water issues at forums and other events.

In March 2012, EWON and the Illawarra Forum hosted a community forum in Wollongong, where EWON’s Community Development Officer, Narelle Brown, presented with a representative from Origin Energy. She also presented to staff at Wollongong’s Navitas, a refugee settlement agency, and met with Anglicare Wollongong’s staff at their premises. These visits provided an invaluable opportunity for EWON to hear agencies’ concerns for disadvantaged consumers experiencing fuel stress and the difficulties around growing debt and increasing demands upon the EAPA scheme.

Our forums with NSW Fair Trading continue this year and will be held in Penrith, Kogarah, the Northern Beaches, Port Stephens and Tuncurry. In coming months we will also be attending homeless events and talking with people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In the past, these events have enabled us to assist many people who are isolated and who have not sought assistance.

Please email Narelle if you would like to organise a presentation or have EWON attend a community event.