April 27, 2020

The Morrison Government is providing an immediate funding injection to charities and community organisations in Wannon to support locals in the wake of the coronavirus economic downturn.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said as part of the part of the Government’s new Community Support Package, the following organisations will receive funding assistance:
Warrnambool and South West
o Anglicare Victoria
o Bethany Community Support Inc.
o CatholicCare Victoria Tasmania
o The Salvation Army Property Trust
o Ararat Emergency Relief Committee
o Christian Emergency Food Centre Inc.
o Loddon Mallee Housing Services Limited
o The Salvation Army Property Trust
o Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited
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 Wannon organisations to streamline supply chains, increase workforce capacity and help increase local support and outreach services,” Minister Ruston said.

Mr Tehan said ‘the investment would assist locals batting 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 Morrison Government could deliver this much-needed funding to support emergency cash payments, food, everyday bills, transport and school supplies,” Mr Tehan 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.”

Mr Tehan said the Commonwealth funded providers would be working with other local organisations to ensure people could access services quickly.

“I encourage local organisations to work with the Commonwealth funded providers in their area to ensure that those who need support are able to get it, when and where they need it,” Mr Tehan 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 Morrison Government is providing an immediate $100 million to Australian charities and community organisations.

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