Marrickville South Collective is a partnership group comprising many inner west community groups and Inner West Council, aimed at supporting residents of the vibrant, multicultural community in South Marrickville.

The Collective was established in 2017 and has been a lifeline for many residents, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.

Among other important initiatives, the group hosts monthly BBQs, allowing local residents to relax, connect and share stories, and programs to support people find work and connect to important services.

Many of these events and programs had to be suspended due to COVID-19, however, the group pivoted to provide roaming support for residents, including dropping off food and other essentials, and activities for young families.

Today at McNeilly Park, the South Marrickville Collective will be hosting events marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (or Harmony Day), with a free community BBQ and food hampers provided by Addi Road Food Pantry.

Residents can connect with services and information about after school programs, income support, health referrals and more.

I  congratulate and thank all the member organisations for their ongoing work and for always celebrating the wonderful South Marrickville community.