The Shire is delighted the Federal Government has decided to keep the Mornington Centrelink office permanently open.
Council campaigned hard to keep the Mornington Service Centre on Main Street open so that our community could continue to access Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support services face to face.
We were deeply concerned when it was announced in early 2020 that the centre would be closed and replaced with a part-time agent offering a limited range of services. It was a blow to our community and would have made it much more difficult for our most vulnerable residents to access the support they need.
I’d like to thank the Federal Government and the Federal Member for Flinders, Greg Hunt, for listening to the concerns of Council and the community.
The importance of having a full Centrelink service in Main Street became even more apparent when COVID-19 hit. In the early days of the pandemic, we had queues forming outside the Centrelink office.
With so many in our community continuing to be impacted financially by this pandemic, it’s good to know that this lifeline to government support is going to remain