What is Emergency Relief?

Emergency Relief (ER) is the provision of financial or material assistance to people experiencing financial crisis.

What does MCNC provide?

  • Woolworths Essential Cards which can be used to purchase food or fuel at any Woolworths outlet. These cards cannot be used to purchase cigarettes or alcohol.
  • Pharmacy prescriptions
  • BP fuel cards
  • Food parcels (when available)
  • Fruit and vegetables from our community garden (when available)
  • Information, Referrals and Advocacy
  • Assistance in contacting organizations and completing forms/ documentation

What should I bring?

Identification with a current address which verifies that you reside in our catchment area.

Who can access ER?

Individuals and families who are experiencing financial hardship or crisis.

People accessing ER at the Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre must reside in our catchment area, which includes the Northern beaches suburbs north of the Barron River up to, and including, Ellis Beach and the adjacent suburbs of Smithfield, Caravonica and Lake Placid.

If you are not in our catchment area, we are happy to refer you to another organization that may be able to assist you.

Appointment only

ER appointments take place each Monday morning between 9am and 12:30pm. In the case of a public holiday, assistance will be provided on the Tuesday.

To make an appointment please contact the Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre either Wednesday after 12 noon or Thursday on 4055 6440.

The Neighbourhood Centre is committed to assisting all people experiencing financial crisis but is limited by funding and restricted to catchment area.

As such, emergency relief assistance can only be accessed four times in a twelve-month period.