Toomelah elders visit Canberra

REPRESENTATIVES from the Toomelah community have visited Parliament House to discuss the significant social issues crippling the community.

Reg Haines, Madeline McGrady, Glenys McGrady travelled from Toomelah along with Judith Enoch and Glenis Grogan of North Queensland.

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton arranged for the group to meet with the Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon and the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion.

“I have said before the future of Toomelah is largely in the hands of its residents and the elders have indicated that the community is determined to make the necessary changes.”

“The elders in the Toomelah community are working to turn this around.

“They want to see real changes made to help pull the community out of this rut of unemployment, alcohol abuse and child abuse,” Mr Coulton said.

“We are all very aware of the social decline that has occurred in Toomelah.

“I will continue to work closely with these elders as they try to achieve change for their people.”

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