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Financial counselling for Williamtown Water Contamination-impacted residents & businesses

Publish Date 04/11/2015

Port Stephens Council is offering those impacted by the Williamtown Water Contamination access to free financial advisory services as part of a multi-agency response being coordinated by Council's Economic Development unit.

The services, which are being delivered in conjunction with Financial Counselling Hunter Valley Project Inc. and The Business Centre Newcastle Region NSW Government Small Biz Connect Program, will provide advice and support to those residents and businesses experiencing financial effects of the contamination.

Port Stephens Council Development Services Group Manager Mike McIntosh said it is important for everyone to know that support is available.

"This initiative will help people seek independent advice and assist them to make the decisions they need to make in this difficult and challenging time," Mr. McIntosh said.

"We urge those impacted financially by the water contamination to take advantage of the service, which is available to individuals, families and businesses.

"The sooner people seek professional advice surrounding their financial circumstances, the better. Being proactive and seeking prompt professional advice is an important step in a situation such as this.

"We're thankful to have both the Financial Counselling Hunter Valley Project and The Business Centre on board. They have worked in Port Stephens for a long time and therefore have a deep understanding of the needs of our community."

The services will be delivered via the Port Stephens Business Centre, located in Raymond Terrace, operating weekly for business advisory and fortnightly for individual and family services.

To access any of these services contact Andrew Arnott, Port Stephens Business Centre on 0457 924 554 to book an appointment.