New South Wales Government Family & Community Services - Aboriginal Housing Office

Wilcannia community comes together to learn about bills savings and enjoy an afternoon of family fun!


Wilcannia TSEP

On Tuesday the 31 October, 2017 the Tenant Support & Education Project (TSEP) event travelled to Wilcannia and connected with the community for a family fun day, while providing tenants advice on electricity bills, water bills and how to save money in the home and for the family.

The turnout was impressive with around 60 participants enjoying the spring weather and getting useful advice from services such as Origin Energy, Revenue Office, Office of Environment, Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW and many more.

The morning kicked off with a warm welcome to country by Uncle David Clarke and Origin Energy conducted a quick workshop about saving energy in the home and how to read your energy bills. Some of the take away tips included turning off switches at the wall, close the curtain/blinds, take

Rising energy prices are being felt across Wilcannia with elders listening intently and engaging with the services. One woman said her last energy bill was far over $1000 dollars. She said these community events are important so people can learn how to keep their bills to a minimum, especially in summer when the town relies on air conditioning to stay cool.

The latter part of the afternoon was dedicated to family and friends. The TSEP team invited the Street Warriors, local Aboriginal dance group the ‘Barkindji Dance Group’ and NRL players David Peachy and Ash Taylor from the Titans to meet and greet the community over a sausage sizzle.

David Peachy said events like these are important for the community to connect with the important services that are here today.

“These are the good things for the community and hopefully they are able to talk to the likes of Ash Taylor and be inspired by his journey of becoming an NRL first grade player” said David Peachy.

The TSEP events have been running for the past three years and are a partnership between Mid Lachlan, Murdi Paaki and Coonamble Local Aboriginal Lands Council. These events are an opportunity to help tenants and the community as a whole deal with utility bills and show a presence in remote communities.

TSEP introduced this new initiative of holding workshops on ‘Power and Water Usage’ last financial year across 10 Communities to raise awareness and create links to support programs and options for tenants in hardship with their power companies as well as educate tenants with handy hints and tips to reduce power and water usage.