TONY PASIN MP
MEMBER FOR BARKER
ASSISTANT SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT
VINNIES UPGRADE WINS FEDERAL GRANT
Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP has congratulated St Vincent De Paul Naracoorte on their successful application to Round 8 of the Stronger Communities Program.
Vinnies has received $12,000 through the Federal Government Program to purchase new carpet to complete the upgrade at the Smith St Family Centre.
The building has been in use since 1986, offering second hand goods, financial and physical support for those in need in and around Naracoorte.
Mr Pasin said he was pleased that, as a non-for-profit organisation, Naracoorte Vinnies could take advantage of the highly successful funding program to the benefit the 24 volunteers and their clients.
“The former Coalition Government focused heavily on local capacity building by targeting funding to grassroots community organisations like the Naracoorte Vinnies, enabling them to improve facilities because well-equipped organisations contribute to stronger communities,” Mr Pasin said.
“Vinnies plays an important role in the local community. It’s vital that the organisation receives the support needed to ensure they remain an important part of the community for generations to come,” Mr Pasin said.
Since 2016 the Coalition’s Stronger Communities Program has provided small grants to community organisations and local governments for small capital projects that deliver social benefits for local communities. The Program committed funding to over 15,000 community–based projects across Australia.
“Unfortunately, the Albanese Government has decided not to continue funding for the Stronger Communities Program so whilst it’s fantastic that the Vinnies was able to take advantage of this Coalition program. it’s very sad those opportunities no longer exist,” Mr Pasin said.
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