$1.9m funding relief for services

ALMOST $2 million has been pledged by the Federal Government for emergency relief services that cater for vulnerable families and individuals in the Page electorate.

MP Janelle Saffin announced the funding yesterday, which totals $1.9 million and will go to 12 community organisations over three years.

The Gillard Government is also providing ongoing funding for two financial counselling services – the Lismore and District Financial Counselling Service Incorporated and Grafton-based Anglicare North Coast.

“Emergency relief services provide vulnerable families and individuals with life essentials such as food, clothing, pharmacy, transport vouchers and help with accommodation and utility bills,” Ms Saffin said.

“This secure, ongoing funding recognises that demand for emergency relief services remains high across our region.”

The 12 local organisations, and their funding allocations, include a mix of charity and community-based groups, such as the Salvation Army, Casino Neighbourhood Centre and Bunjum Aboriginal Cooperative.



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