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Free period products for those in need

Wednesday 6 March 2024

Five community centres in Albury are now home to Dignity Vending Machines that distribute free period products to people who need them.

The machines, sponsored by AlburyCity, have been installed by charity Share the Dignity at the Glenecho, Mirambeena, Orana, Thurgoona and Westside community centres as part of AlburyCity’s End Period Poverty Statement adopted last year.

They dispense free period packs containing six tampons and two pads to those who need them.

A Dignity Vending Machine has been installed at the Retro Lane Cafe since late 2021.

AlburyCity Councillor and Statement lead, Cr Ashley Edwards, said the machines’ installation was an important step in ending period poverty in the city.

“When someone is doing it tough, the last thing on their mind should be dealing with their period,” she said.

“I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to provide this service to those who need it in our community and help break down the shame and stigma associated with menstruation.”

Charity Share the Dignity works to make a real, on-the-ground difference to the lives of women, girls and those who menstruate who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, domestic violence or poverty.

Share the Dignity founder and managing director, Rochelle Courtenay, dreamt of finding a way for people who are doing it tough to access free period products without the anxiety and shame many feel when asking someone else for help.

“I was shocked to discover that people were using rolled up toilet paper and hand towels to manage their periods,” she said.

“I could not believe that people were having to choose between feeding their family or buying period products.

“School children should not have to miss school to avoid the embarrassment of not being able to afford pads and tampons.”

Those wanting to support Share the Dignity by sponsoring a Dignity Vending Machine or helping keep them stocked can learn more here. For more information visit