24 September 2020
(Community Recognition Statement, 16 September 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I commend the work of the Harris Community Centre in Ultimo, and thank them for ongoing work to support a strong community and provide practical help to vulnerable people. Under Uniting Care and linked to the Mustard Seed Church, the centre has a long history in the Ultimo community. Like many community centres, the Harris Centre provides information, referral and a range of services to individuals, families, groups and the community. This includes individual support, social and recreation activities like tai chi and dancing, and collective community events like the annual street fair. Reflecting local demographics, the Harris Centre has a strong focus on families with children and people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. They run English classes for parents, carers and children, with whole family programs. The playgroup and op shop with local volunteers and donations, while building community support. The centre provides emergency relief for people in need, making sure they can pay bills and have food. Like other community services, the Harris Centre has adapted to COVID-19 conditions, with online programs and safety measures to protect those involved with the centre. I thank them for this vital work.