Community groups receive federal funding

By Brayden May

SEVERAL community groups and organisations in the local area are set to benefit from funding from the federal government.

Tongala and District Memorial Aged Care Service ($5000), Echuca Neighbourhood House ($5000), Crossenvale Community House ($4930) and St John Ambulance Australia – Goulburn Valley and Campaspe Division ($3000) are those included from the Nicholls electorate.

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the funding would go a long way to support organisations and their volunteers through what has been a tough year.

“The bushfires had a devastating impact on many of our people and communities across the country and we are now living through a global pandemic,” Ms Ruston said.

“Volunteers freely give their time and skills to support others and will play a key role in communities over the next few months. This funding recognises the sacrifices they make to help deliver vital services to those who need it most.”

Member for Nicholls Damian Drum said 16 local organisation would receive funding to support the work of their volunteers.

“While the work of our volunteers may be unpaid, it is not unrecognised,” Mr Drum said.

“From fighting bushfires, delivering food to vulnerable Australians in isolation and helping with weekend sport, they are all local champions.

“Their contribution is vital to ensuring that we continue to support families, provide employment pathways for young people and strengthen community resilience.”