New England charities and community organisations are receiving a funding boost to support at-risk residents in the wake of the coronavirus economic downturn. As part of the Government’s new Community Support Package, the Salvation Army, St Vincent De Paul Society, Centacare New England North West and Anglican Community Services are among those that will receive funding assistance. Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the additional $384,248 investment over two years for the New England and North West region would assist locals battling the devastating impacts of the coronavirus. “There are many people in our community doing it tough right now, which is why I am pleased the Coalition Government could deliver this much-needed funding to support emergency cash payments, food, everyday bills, transport and school supplies,” he said. “Many people reaching out to these services may have never needed this type of assistance before, so we need to make sure we have the right supports in place to help people through this period and bounce back stronger when it’s over.” Commonwealth-funded providers will work with other neighbouring community organisations to ensure people could access services quickly. Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the Government understands this was a trying time for relief providers facing rapidly increasing demand while dealing with challenges in maintaining the workforce and distribution lines needed to operate. “This funding injection will enable organisations in the New England North West to streamline supply chains, increase workforce capacity and help increase local support and outreach services,” she said. Contact details for funded providers can be found on the Department of Social Services’ directory at https://serviceproviders.dss.gov.au/. Overall across the country the Coalition Government is providing an immediate $100 million stimulus to Australian charities and community organisations.
Barnaby Joyce assisting volunteers pack food hampers during a drought relief event hosted by the Salvation Army.