Money helps Many
ABORIGINAL tenants from Tweed Heads to Newcastle will benefit from a $332,204 grant issued to the Many Rivers Administrative and Legal Services.
Greg Donnelly MLC visited Many Rivers on behalf of Fair Trading Minister John Hatzistergos to hand the cheque to Many Rivers manager Bradley Webb.
Mr Donnelly said with about 1.5 million tenants in NSW alone, it was important to provide ongoing support to community-based organisations such as Grafton-based Many Rivers.
Mr Webb said the organisation was set up about eight years ago with the aim of assisting Aboriginal tenants renting privately or through the Department of Housing.
He said many people were not aware of their rights as tenants, particularly when it came to evictions and property repairs.
Many Rivers was there to inform tenants of their rights, as well as acting as advocates when dealing with real estate agents, landlords, the Department of Housing and the rental tribunal. Mr Webb said the money would provide funding for four positions, three in Grafton and one at Newcastle, for the year.