Two Neighbourhood Centres to receive a share in over $282,000

Wyong Neighbourhood Centre

Two local community organisations are to receive a funding injection following a recent announcement from the Federal Government.

The Wyong and San Remo Neighbourhood Centres are both to receive a share in over $282,000 in funding assistance as part of a Community Support Package being rolled out to combat the economic downturn resulting from the coronavirus.

Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston, said the government understands that this is 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 Coast organisations to streamline supply chains, increase workforce capacity and help increase local support and outreach services,” Ruston said.

Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, said the investment 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 that the Morrison Government could deliver this much needed funding to support emergency cash payments, food, everyday bills, transport and school supplies,” Wicks said.

“Many people reaching out to these services may have never needed this type of assistance before, so we need to make sure that we have the right support in place to help people through this period and to bounce back stronger when it’s over,” she added.

Four other organisations that operate on the Coast, but at a more regional or state level, are also to receive a portion of the funding.

They are: CatholicCare Diocese of Broken Bay; St Vincent De Paul Society of NSW; The Salvation Army NSW Property Trust; and, Wesley Community Services Limited.

Wicks said Commonwealth funded providers will be working with other local organisations to ensure that the people of the Coast can access services quickly, and that cooperation between local service providers was to be encouraged.

“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,” Wicks said.

Press release, May 8
Megan Golightly, Office of Lucy Wicks MP