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From Province Express

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has praised Jesuit Social Services’ newly-opened Mt Druitt Community Enterprise Hub as ‘a wonderful example of the community spirit which doesn’t just meet a vital social need but treats people with a sense of dignity and inclusion that we each deserve as citizens and human beings, no matter what our background or circumstances’.

The hub, which was established almost two years ago with an Australian Government Jobs Fund grant, incorporates a food store, café, op–shop, and monthly community markets.

It also provides training programs for disadvantaged job seekers, especially those with disabilities, mothers returning to the workforce and the long-term unemployed, in partnership with TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute.

Situated on the expansive Holy Family Parish site, the hub was opened recently on behalf of the Prime Minister by Tania Plibersek, Minister for Human Services and for Social Inclusion.

The Social Services Manager at Jesuit Social Services Western Sydney, Michael Maxwell, said that Mt Druitt represented a community of people ‘who really want to have a go’.

‘We hear lots of things about Mt Druitt but the reality is that if you get a group of people together who are willing to provide a door of opportunity, there are local people here who are going to go through it running.’

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