Boost for Neighbourhood Houses

THE Tasmanian Labor Party has promised to provide $45,000 in recurrent funding to Tasmania’s 33 Neighbourhood Houses, as well as a one-off $2 million investment for capital upgrades.

Shadow Minister for Housing, Disability and Children Josh Willie said this long-term commitment would ensure Neighbourhood Houses could go about their work without uncertainty.

“Anyone who has visited a Neighbourhood House would know why we are passionate about supporting them,” he said.

“They are inclusive, warm environments that offer valuable services and support to communities right across Australia.

“Neighbourhood Houses provide opportunities for local people to gain new skills and qualifications and become leaders in their own communities.

“They offer training and development opportunities for the people who engage with them that can lead to exciting new pathways.

“For many Tasmanians, their local Neighbourhood House is their rock, the place they can rely on when they need to see a friendly face.”

Mr Willie said it was believed that the investment would also underpin 200 jobs in construction.

“I was proud to make these announcements at the organisation’s recent state conference and the response from the 155 grassroots members was really positive,” he said.

“Supporting Neighbourhood Houses fits in perfectly with Labor’s commitment to always put people first.

“If you’re involved with our Neighbourhood Houses – Bucaan House, West Moonah Community House or Goodwood Community Centre – I’d encourage you to contact my office.

“We want to hear from you about how Labor can use the funding we have committed to make your community even better.”

For more information, contact Josh Willie’s officer on 6212 2306.

Caption: From left, Rachael French (Goodwood Community House), Shadow Minister for Housing, Disability and Children Josh Willie, Mel Knuckey (West Moonah Community House) and Mary-anne Evans (Bucaan House).

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