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$20,900 for East End Community House Project



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Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-

Monday, 14 August 2006

$20,900 FOR EAST END COMMUNITY HOUSE PROJECT

The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest, today announced Regional Partnerships programme funding of $20,900 towards the East End Community project in Mildura.

Mr Forrest said the Australian Government funds will help St Luke’s Anglicare with the cost of the construction and materials used in the renovation of the East End Community House to include a new studio meeting room and disabled access.

The East End Community House, located in the Ambleside Estate in Mildura, seeks to provide a community based meeting and activity space for people living in the surrounding neighbourhood. The Community House hopes to build social, recreational, health and learning opportunities in an accessible and affordable manner. The Community House provides an important space for local residents to work together to plan and address

local issues, building the community’s capacity to respond to their own needs.

Ms Julie Cairns, Project Coordinator of St Luke’s Anglicare said that the project will focus on the Ambleside Crecent Estate located on the industrial outskirts of east Mildura. “The Ambleside Estate is approximately 3-4kms from the central business district of Mildura and is a broad acre housing estate of approximately 200 houses,” said Ms Cairns.

“There is a high proportion of children under 18 living in the community, with 44.5% of residents being 17 years and under, as compared with 27% in regional Victoria. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders represent 18% of public housing tenants, and 14% are Western Samoan and Tongan. There is also a high proportion of

single parent families (50%) living in the community.

Mr Forrest said that this project is a very important example of the proactive actions communities can do to provide a better outcome and environment, particularly for young people. “The renovation of the East End Community House, together with the employment of a community house coordinator for 20 hours per week will support volunteers, develop networks and resources and hopefully enable residents to develop a connectedness with the wider community,” said Mr Forrest.

Mr Forrest said he thanked St Luke’s Anglicare for their commitment to the community and their determination to assist them by accessing Regional Partnerships programme funding. “I would also like to thank the Sunraysia Area Consultative Committee for their assistance in bringing this project to fruition,” he said.

Don Carrazza, Chair of the Sunraysia Area Consultative Committee said that funding was very welcome and again demonstrated the variety of projects that could be assessed for funding under the Regional Partnerships Programme. “We are more than happy to discuss with the community any ideas they may have to improve either community assets or wellbeing,” said Mr Carrazza.

Communities should contact the Sunraysia Area Consultative Committee on 5023 8656 if they wish to seek funding through the Regional Partnerships programme.

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407