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HomeBuilder package misses the mark​ for the poor, Vinnies says

AUSTRALIA’S new $688m HomeBuilder package has been described as “hitting the jackpot” by some potential homeowners, but there are warnings that the initiative has failed low-income families. The package offers a grant of $25,000 to build a new home worth less than $750,000 or to spend between $150,000 and $750,000 renovating an existing home. The scheme is limited to owner-occupiers ... Read More »

Vinnies shops closed for a month, but help is still available for those in need

VINNIES Queensland chief executive officer Kevin Mercy sent out a simple message to anyone affected by COVID-19 joblessness, underemployment or poverty – help is still available. Mr Mercer said to follow health directives meant Vinnies was forced to close its 153 Queensland shops last week for a four-week period from March 30. “The closure was necessary, but done with great ... Read More »

Church launches national bushfire response as Australia is engulfed in ‘unprecedented calamity’

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has launched a national Church response to deal with the unprecedented scale of the bushfire crisis. “The efforts of firefighters have been heroic. The resilience of the communities affected has been extraordinary,” ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane said. “This has been Australia at its best … but we need more than words. Expressions ... Read More »

Thief ram raids new West End Vinnies shop, steals $30 in costume jewellery

RAMMING his car in reverse through the front doors of Vinnies’ West End store, a thief pilfered jewellery for two minutes before speeding back out of the store, narrowly avoiding a pedestrian in the escape. The stolen jewellery was worth $20-$30.  The store was looking at about $300 in stock losses from the snatch and grab job. Vinnies Queensland retail ... Read More »

Vinnies has served the poor in Queensland for 125 years. Here are their top volunteers

THE St Vincent de Paul Society recognised five long-serving Vincentians for their valued contributions at local, state, national and international level at a dinner commemorating 125 years of the organisation in Queensland. The award winners were John Forrest, Jeremiah McAuliffe, Robert Leach, Ron Sullivan and posthumously Brian Moore, who had all been members of the society ranging from 28 to ... Read More »

What is a Vincentian life? Focus on the faith, then serve others in need

ANNETTE Baker has a simple motto – try and do something for someone every day. It’s a motto that’s served her through 19 years with the St Vincent de Paul Society, where she serves as Queensland vice-president. It also took her to win 2017 Community Leader of the Year at The Community Leader Awards. The Vincentian life is a constant ... Read More »

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