Scot MacDonald
1st Oct 2018

$5,000 has been provided to the Zara’s House Refugee Women and Children’s Centre in Jesmond from the NSW Liberal National Government to contribute towards the purchase and installation of a new solar hot water system.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC visited Zara’s House yesterday, representing the Minister for Multiculturalism the Hon Ray Williams MP who provided the grant.

Hunter Water is also contributing funding towards the project and working with its partners to deliver an efficient solar hot water system, which will help promote the Love Water community conservation campaign.

“I thank the Minister for recognising the important community work that Zara’s House does assisting newly arrived refuges and migrants in Newcastle”, Mr MacDonald said.

‘At present, Zara’s House does not have an operational hot water system. The charity identified this as a need to assist the women that they provide services to.”

“Zara’s House is a unique charity providing an invaluable service in Newcastle’s western suburbs, and I am pleased the NSW Government has been able to support the onsite upgrades.”

Sister Diana Santleben, founder of Zara’s House, was awarded Citizen of the Year as part of City of Newcastle’s 2017 Australia Day Awards.