Beverly Roberts hard hit by the liquidation of the Youpla group | Liberal Daily

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A local Aboriginal woman claims she was harmed by missing funeral insurance funds she paid fortnightly for almost 29 years to a Queensland-based company that went bankrupt. Salvation Army store volunteer Beverley Roberts, 57, contacted the NSW Legal Aid Office in Dubbo for help and was referred to a Sydney law firm aware of the other funeral insurance claims against Youpla Group and received devastating advice. ‘When I walked into the legal aid office here they knew exactly what I was talking about,’ Ms Roberts told the Daily Liberal. “That same afternoon a woman from Sydney phoned me to say there was no money left and they didn’t think I would get my money back. I swore and told her ‘you kidding me from me, I’ve put in a lot of money over all these years.’ ALSO MAKE NEWS: Ms Roberts said she was told her funeral insurance claim was just one of many of the Aboriginal Community Funeral Plan run by Youpla, an Aboriginal-run company that had enrolled her in the plan 29 years ago.On March 22 this year, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission officially listed the funeral funds of the Youpla group as being in liquidation.So all members paying their policies, including Ms Roberts, were told that they were “no longer covered by their funeral policies and should consider whether they want to take other provisions”. The Daily Liberal contacted the Sydney Law Firm and the Dubbo Branch of NSW Legal Aid to comment on Ms Robert’s case. Green Party candidate Trish Frail and Senate candidate David Shoebridge recently took on Ms Robert’s case while campaigning in Dubbo for the federal election. Ms Frail said she was aware of many cases and would ‘investigate all of them and get their policies paid out’. Ms Roberts said she started paying insurance at age 28 for $65 a fortnight while married to her now deceased husband Kevin, who died 14 years ago. Youpla covered Kevin’s funeral which cost the family $8,000 and another $7,000 in cash was paid to Ms Roberts. The Roberts family covered by the funeral insurance policy included Ms. Robert’s three adult children and two grandchildren. The family has no insurance policy other than funerals to ensure a death in the family is “stress-free”, Ms Roberts said. “I would not leave a burden on my children or my family [when I die] because i have struggled in the past where i had to bury four family members a brother, sister, father and nephew all within 12 months. “[As part of our tradition] when someone dies we don’t come in small groups [to attend the funeral] we come by the hundreds. “I’m traveling to Walgett in two days because my little cousin passed away. She’s 55 and I won’t know why she died until I get to Walgett. “I just want my money back… who’s going to bury when I die? I want to rest in peace.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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