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New community kitchen opens as cost of living continues to rise

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New community kitchen

The Property Industry Foundation in partnership with Murri Watch and ADCO Constructions, officially opened a new kitchen at the Murri Watch community centre following a special community celebration alongside Gabba Ward Councillor Trina Massey. 

A vital initiative aimed at supporting individuals and families facing hardship, the 30-year-old kitchen has been refurbished to serve as a hub for clients of Murri Watch Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation in Brisbane. 

“As the cost of living continues to soar and affordable housing declines, many community members find themselves facing difficult choices daily,” said Property Industry Foundation Queensland Chair Salvatore Guardala  

Guardala emphasised the significance of initiatives like these in the context of the escalating cost of living. 

“This kitchen is more than just a place to prepare meals; it’s a symbol of hope and compassion and represents the unwavering support of our generous donors, ADCO Constructions, and dedicated volunteers.” 

According to Guardala the basic necessities such as food and housing have become a challenge for many, so the Property Industry Foundation and its corporate donors are exceptionally proud to support projects like the Murri Watch kitchen. 

“Together we can alleviate the burdens of the rising cost of living and foster a community that leaves no one behind.” 

Murri Watch CEO Ken Georgetown highlighted that the Murri Watch centre is a diversion centre – a sanctuary, which offers a safe and nurturing space to more than 70 clients each week. 

“Thank you to ADCO Constructions and the Property Industry Foundation for their support in refurbishing the Centre’s very old kitchen, allowing our team to prepare nutritious meals to our clients in need,” said Georgetown. 

ADCO Constructions Interim Queensland State Manager Mike Rinaudo said ADCO Constructions is delighted to have teamed up with long-term partner the Property Industry Foundation and Murri Watch to deliver this well-deserved project for the community. 

“We are thrilled to see the benefits this project will provide to those in need thanks to the hard work of the Murri Watch Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation.” 

Related: Tennis Champion Jelena Dokic becomes The Property Industry Foundation’s New Ambassador

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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