Australia Post seeks workers

AUSTRALIA Post is seeking to hire approximately 3,000 seasonal casual workers in preparation for the busy Christmas season. The recruitment drive focuses on candidates with specific skills, experience, and licenses, especially those with valid forklift or truck licenses. Roles are available nationwide, with NSW, Victoria, and Queensland having the highest demand. These seasonal casuals will assist Australia Post in meeting the increased demand and ensuring timely holiday deliveries. Interested individuals can apply through the Australia Post careers website, with opportunities for longer-term employment beyond the holiday season. or the Australia Post careers website at 

Investment in koala protection

THE NSW Government is investing $80M to protect koalas and their habitat in south-west Sydney. This includes $48 million for a new National Park along the Georges River, adding over 1,000 hectares to the NSW national park system. Additionally, $26M will be used for koala-friendly crossings, while $5.7M will support koala care in the Macarthur area. This forms part of a broader $172M commitment to koala conservation by the NSW Government.

Grants for seniors isolation

THE NSW Government has launched a $600,000 initiative called the Connecting Seniors grant program to enhance social engagement and skill development among seniors. Minister for Seniors Jodie Harrison announced the program, aiming to combat social isolation among older individuals, especially those living alone. The program has three categories, offering creation grants of $20,000 each to five innovative projects, enhancement/expansion grants of $30,000 each to 120 organizations, and local council grants of $40,000 each to five councils. These grants build on previous successful initiatives, focusing on reducing senior isolation and loneliness. Applications close on October 25, with projects starting in early 2024.

Coles in fundraising campaign

COLES has initiated a one-month fundraising campaign across Australia for seven charities. The appeal aims to raise funds for various local causes, such as pediatric brain cancer research, school kitchen gardens, and children’s hospitals. Shoppers can purchase $2 donation cards or donate at the checkout in most states and territories, with WA offering support for Telethon until October 22. Hummingbird House, a children’s hospice in Queensland, is among the beneficiaries, with Coles marking ten years of partnership, having raised over $4.3M. Funds raised will also benefit other state charity partners.

Extent of mortgage stress reveled

A NEW survey by finance platform MNY reveals that 75% of Australian mortgage holders or those living with a mortgage holder have been negatively affected by interest rate rises, leading to potential social issues. Since May 2022, the cash rate has risen 12 times, with mortgage interest averaging around 6.5%, causing financial stress. Nearly half (49%) report heightened stress and anxiety, while 29% experience mental health issues or sleeplessness. Additionally, 8% have worse relationships with family, and 11% with their partners. Young Australians aged 18 to 34 seem most affected, with 83% reporting negative impacts. Furthermore, 75% of respondents won’t trust RBA forecasts again.

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