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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

DELIVERING A FUNDED NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE FOR MARONG

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP today announced that the Marong Neighbourhood House would be one of 27 additional neighbourhood houses that will be funded through the Neighbourhood Houses Coordination Program.

Currently, Marong Neighbourhood House is an un-funded neighbourhood houses that will receive ongoing recurrent funding from the Victorian Government for the first time.

The Marong Neighbourhood House will receive funding for 25 coordination hours per week, which is estimated to deliver up to 50 hours of activities and programs per week for their local community.

In total, the new State Government funding will support 16 brand new houses and 11 houses across Victoria that will receive Neighbourhood House Coordination Program funding for the first time, meaning they will be able to provide even more services and support to the local community.

The Andrews Labor Government’s record boost for Victoria’s neighbourhood houses means even more opportunities for locals to foster connections in the Marong area, learn new skills and boost their health and wellbeing.

Neighbourhood houses provide their communities with a place to come together and access vital employment, training and volunteering opportunities.

This includes things like language classes, computer tutoring, health and wellbeing activities, life skills lessons, self-help groups and occasional childcare.

 The Labor Government announced a record $21.8 million over four years to boost its Neighbourhood House Coordination Program in the Victorian Budget 2018/19, which has led to an increase in coordination hours for 162 houses – the biggest ever boost of its kind.

This investment has also delivered an extra 4,800 funded hours of support and advice so individual houses can learn how best to run their services.

One-time grants of up to $30,000 have also been made available for houses wishing to upgrade their buildings to make them more accessible, as well as grants of up to $10,000 for minor works, equipment and ICT upgrades. These grants will be announced in coming weeks.

In total, the Labor Government funds more than 400 neighbourhood houses across the state, supporting almost 200,000 Victorians each week who visit a house or use their services. For more information, visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/neighbourhood-house-coordination-program.

 

“This is great news for the Marong Neighbourhood House and the many volunteers who have committed tirelessly to delivering programs for many years.

“To have a paid co-ordinator will make a huge difference to the delivery of programs and to a connected community in Marong.”

“More neighbourhood houses mean more support for Victorians to do the things they enjoy and care about.”

“Building local connections is important to people and that’s why we’ve invested $21.8 million in neighbourhood houses right across the state – almost eight times more than the previous Liberal Government.”

Quotes attributable to Neighbourhood Houses CEO Nicole Battle

“We’re thrilled the Victorian Government is backing neighbourhood houses to thrive and provide more Victorians with the vital services, support and learning opportunities they need to participate in their local community.”

 

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