The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the Victorian economy, increasing unemployment and underemployment, and many businesses have closed.
EastLink corporate affairs manager Doug Spencer-Roy said, “EastLink recognises that some local people living in the EastLink corridor have been directly affected and are experiencing financial hardship, mental health issues and family violence.”
Doug Spencer-Roy said, “To assist local people experiencing disadvantage during these difficult times, EastLink has given a $100,000 donation to EACH for Eastern Financial Counselling Services.”
As a health and community service provider, we provide Eastern Financial Counselling Services, which is a free, confidential and non-judgemental financial counselling service to people experiencing financial hardship and living in the Eastern region of Melbourne.
We welcome EastLink’s initiative to provide financial assistance to community service providers to support vulnerable people during these difficult times.
EACH CEO Peter Ruzyla said, “We’re delighted to receive this donation which will boost Financial Counselling Services for community members who need it most following the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. We can support people experiencing financial hardship to take control of their financial situation. Support includes managing debt collectors, mortgages, loans, leases, Centrelink debts, utility bills, fines and more.”
For more information on Eastern Financial Counselling Services, please call 1300 003 224 or visit: www.each.com.au/service/eastern-financial-counselling-services.
EastLink has now donated a total of $300,000 to community service providers during 2021:
- January 2021: $100,000 donation to Peninsula Community Legal Centre
- February 2021: $100,000 donation to Eastern Community Legal Centre
- March 2021: $100,000 donation to EACH for Eastern Financial Counselling Services
“As a leader in transport sustainability, EastLink is privileged to be able to deliver this significant program of donations to these essential services in our local community,” concluded Doug Spencer-Roy.
Pictured below: Peter Ruzyla (EACH) and Doug Spencer-Roy (EastLink) with an award to mark the $100,000 donation (photos by Nicole Cleary):
EastLink is the 39 kilometre tollway in Melbourne’s east, connecting the Eastern, Monash, Frankston and Peninsula Link freeways. EastLink is Melbourne’s fastest and safest freeway.
EastLink is a leader in transport sustainability. In 2020, the internationally recognised GRESB Infrastructure Assessment awarded EastLink the top 5 Star sustainability rating for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance for the fifth consecutive year. EastLink was ranked 27th globally out of the 406 infrastructure assets of all types that were assessed by GRESB. In the motorways (maintenance & operations) category, EastLink was ranked second in the world.
Learn more about EastLink at www.eastlink.com.au.