What is Emergency Relief?

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

What does MCNC provide?

  • Vouchers which can be used to purchase food. These cards cannot be used to purchase cigarettes or alcohol.
  • Food parcels.
  • Fruit and vegetables (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 the Cairns area.

Appointment only

Eligible clients can access ER up to 3 times per calendar year for Food Vouchers and/ or Food Parcels, with a minimum of 3 months between visits.

Appointments for Food Vouchers take place each Monday and Friday morning between 9am and 12:30pm. Call on Wednesday for a Friday appointment or Thursday for a Monday appointment. Please note: Appointments are limited!

Appointments for a Food Parcel take place each Wednesday afternoon between 1pm and 3.15pm. Appointment bookings will be taken every week day between 9am and 1pm..

To make an appointment please contact the Marlin Coast Neighbourhood Centre on 4055 6440.

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