Government announces support for locals under financial stress
Residents in Melbourne's bayside south-east who are doing it tough will receive ready access to vital emergency support following a $1.576 million funding boost by the Coalition Government.
Federal Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, announced the funding for Community Support Frankston during a visit to Frankston today with MP for Dunkley, Chris Crewther.
Community Support Frankston’s increased funding commences January 2019 will run for the new four and a half year funding cycle.
Mr Crewther said that the funding increase of over $100,000 per annum, bringing the total funding amount to over $350,000, will enable Community Support Frankston to assist locals in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region even further.
“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting vulnerable communities and their volunteers who work tirelessly to help those at disadvantage,” Mr Fletcher said.
“We’re conscious that Christmas is looming which is a time that can put families under additional financial stress.”
“Community Support Frankston is one of the busiest community support agencies in Victoria, with nearly 13,000 people contacting them for assistance last year,” Mr Crewther said
“Community Support Frankston has been helping residents with food parcels, clothes, bedding, household items and vouchers for utilities and supermarkets for decades.
“I’m delighted that through this increased funding, Community Support Frankston can maintain their great work in providing Emergency Relief to those in our community who are most in need.”
“This support also includes referrals to appropriate services, such as mental health, crisis housing, drug and alcohol issues or financial counselling services,” Mr Crewther said.