Parkes electorate residents in financial crisis will have access to new emergency support as a result of funding from the Coalition Government.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the funding will support community organisations that service his electorate including the Salvation Army, Anglican Community Services, St Vincent De Paul, Centacare New England North West and Best Employment Limited.
“These community organisations will receive funding to supply essential items to those in need, like food, clothes, bedding, household items and grocery vouchers,” Mr Coulton said.
Mr Coulton said support could also include referrals to mental health services, crisis housing, drug and alcohol counselling or financial support.
“This Federal Government investment will ensure local organisations like Centacare New England North West, and Best Employment, can continue to help members of our community move beyond emergency situations and get back on track.”
Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher recently announced $200 million for 185 community organisations delivering emergency relief.
$4.5 million in funding will also be allocated to Foodbank, SecondBite and OzHarvest to provide food relief across Australia.
“The Liberal-National Government’s investment in these essential services improves outcomes for vulnerable families and children and helps to build strong and resilient communities,” Mr Fletcher said.
The emergency relief funding follows a recent funding commitment to the Salvation Army and the Catholic Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes to help address problem gambling. The new funding will be provided over a period of four-and-a-half years commencing 1 January 2019.
Minister Fletcher – Brooke Leembruggen 0447 743 835
Mr Coulton – Anna Tickle 0400 050 729