Sutherland Early Support Service was set up in May 2005 following the closure of the Sutherland Family Network in March 2005, which left a major gap in family support services in the Sutherland Shire. The Network had operated successfully in Sutherland Shire since 1994. A group of interested persons lobbied council and other established organisations for local support to open the new service – the Sutherland Early Support Service.