The Maroondah Citizens Advice Bureau has offices in Ringwood and Croydon within Maroondah, where they provide referral services and emergency relief. The organisation is operated largely through volunteers, who need to complete a training course before they can provide assistance to people in need of their services.
This afternoon the Maroondah Citizens Advice Bureau held its 42nd Annual General Meeting, electing committee members for the upcoming year and to provide an overview of changes within the organisation over the past twelve months. Like many community organisations, the Maroondah Citizens Advice Bureau has had to adapt to changing community needs and as a result has focused on developing a range of policies to outline roles and responsibilities.
I re-nominated as a committee member at the AGM and was invited to discuss current issues within Maroondah, including the redevelopment of Eastland, the former Ringwood Market site and Ringwood Station. Works on the Station forecourt and bus interchange are expected to begin towards the middle of this year and will help in improving the appearance of the Station. These works however will not resolve the issue surround the lack of disability compliance standards for Ringwood Station and further funding is required to ensure the creation of a safe, accessible and integrated transport interchange.
Priorities for the Maroondah Citizens Advice Bureau include an upgrade of their computer systems to improve connectivity between the two offices and ensure that information is maintained and up-to-date. The Maroondah Citizens Advice Bureau requires additional volunteers, please visit www.mcab.org.au for further information.