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Deal with Debt Day

To widen their net of support and raise awareness of the extensive support network that’s out there for people who are struggling financially, our financial counsellors and capability workers united in March to stage Logan’s first Deal with Debt Day.

Local newspapers, radio stations, social media and community services organisations were enlisted to spread the word about the free event, which attracted more than 250 people to the Logan Entertainment Centre.

Those who attended talked face-to-face with experts who could make a real difference to their financial situation.

They learned how to get on top of their rental payments, Centrelink payments, utility bills and fines. They also gained advice on dealing with debt collectors and credit and loan contracts.

Experts were drawn from NAB Microfinance, the Salvation Army, Uniting Care, AGL Energy, Origin Energy, EnergyAustralia, Energy and Water Ombudsman, Australian Financial Complaints Authority, Transurban, Fair Trading Queensland, YFS Legal, Department of Human Services (Centrelink), No Interest Loans Schemes, Department of Housing and Public Works, Tenants Queensland, Queensland Statewide Tenant Advice Service, State Penalties Enforcement Registry, Legal Aid Queensland, Queensland Ombudsman, Australian Energy Regulator, Queensland Council of Social Service and Smart Service Queensland.

Many thanks go to our event supporters Woolworths Logan Central, Officeworks Loganholme, Logan City Council, Shannon Fentiman MP, Jim Chalmers MP, the Logan Financial Literacy Action Group and Substation33.

We’re hoping to make the Deal with Debt Day and annual event in Logan calendar. Plans are underway to hold the event in Beenleigh in 2020.

Find out more about our Financial Counselling and Money Smart services on the YFS website: