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Tamara Smith MP State Member for Ballina

Geoff Provest MP State Member for Tweed

It has been yet another year of success at Momentum Collective. I am grateful for the tireless work that Momentum Collective has done for our community. This year has been challenging for individuals and organisations, we have seen an unprecedented increase in mental illnesses, homelessness and unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Despite all of these challenges, Momentum has continued to thrive and provide exceptional services to the residents of the Ballina Electorate. I commend Momentum Collective on their successful delivery of community services in Northern New South Wales. I particularly want to congratulate Momentum collective for the successful opening of the Ballina women’s refuge and the subsequent fundraiser held which I was proud to contribute towards. Our community is lucky to have such a reputable organisation supporting them in difficult times. Thank you to the management, staff and volunteers at Momentum Collective for their outstanding service to our community and wish you all the best for a wonderful year ahead.

A year ago, we were very much hoping that we would have seen the back of this awful pandemic by now. We are not there yet, but there is hope. A lot of that hope, for the growing number of people who most need it, is delivered by Momentum Collective. There has never been a more important time for the myriad of little and not so little things delivered by Momentum Collective to the most disadvantaged citizens in our community. It is a huge credit to its leadership and to all its people that it is not only surviving this unprecedented crisis, but expanding its services in the midst of it - south to Grafton and north into the Gold Coast. Momentum Collective also played a key role in ensuring the homeless were counted in the 2021 Australian Bureau of Statistics census - 227 rough sleepers in the Tweed on Census Night. This is extremely important for me as I go into bat for them at the funding table in government. Thank you to everyone at Momentum Collective for another year of great service to our local community.

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