Urgent support for Capricornia charities and community organisations

SENATOR THE HON ANNE RUSTON
Minister for Families and Social Services
Manager of Government Business in the Senate

THE HON MICHELLE LANDRY MP
Federal Member for Capricornia
Assistant Minister for Children and Families
Assistant Minister for Northern Australia

MEDIA RELEASE

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

As part of the Government’s new Community Support Package, charities and community organisations in Central Queensland and the Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday region will receive additional funding assistance.

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the Government understands this continues to be 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 Central Queensland organisations to streamline supply chains, increase workforce capacity and help increase local support and outreach services,” Minister Ruston said.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry 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 will deliver this much-needed funding to support emergency cash payments, food, everyday bills, transport and school supplies,” Ms Landry 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.”

Ms Landry said the Commonwealth funded providers would be working with other local organisations to ensure people can access services quickly.

“I encourage local organisations to work with the Commonwealth funded providers in their area to ensure people who need support are able to get it, when and where they need it,” Ms Landry 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.

Service Providers to receive assistance*

Service ProviderRegion/sTotal Additional Funding 2020-21
Anglicare – Central Queensland LimitedCentral Queensland$105,530
CQ Financial Counselling Association Inc.Central Queensland$22,072
Emerald and District Social Development Association IncCentral Queensland$26,487
Bowen Community Council IncMackay-Isaac-Whitsunday$17,881
Clermont Community Housing and Other Services (CCHAOS) Inc.Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday$9,279
George Street Neighbourhood Centre Association Inc.Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday$30,901
St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland**Central Queensland
Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday
$772,092
The Salvation Army**Central Queensland
Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday
$3,363,731

*Funding has been allocated to providers at the state level to allow greater flexibility within stakeholders and ensure money is distributed where it is most needed.

**Funding provided for multiple SA4 areas.

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