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Building communities for children in Townsville.

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The Australian Government has injected $2.8 million into a new initiative to ensure parents and young children have access to support and assistance in Townsville West. “The consortium led by The Smith Family and involving Good Beginnings Australia has been given $2.8 million to fund activities and services for early childhood initiatives in Townsville West, as part of the Australian Government’s Communities for Children initiative,” Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay, said today. The Townsville West area covers the suburbs of Vincent, Heatley, and Gulliver. The Smith Family with Good Beginnings Australia will work in partnership with local stakeholders including community leaders, family service providers and all levels of government to implement the Communities for Children initiative. Peter Lindsay MP today made the announcement at the new office at Heatley Fair Shops. The site also includes a community meeting room and a play area out the back for children. “The initiatives aimed at children aged five years and under, may include early learning and literacy programs, playgroups, parenting programs, child nutrition and early skills development,” Mr Lindsay said. “The consortium will engage with the local community to develop a Community Strategy Plan, which will outline how the funds will be distributed to groups within the local community who provide services that meet the needs of the children. “This funding is part of the Australian Government’s $490 million Stronger Families and Communities Strategy which aims to give families, their children and communities the skills and resources to build better futures. “The Government’s initiative is based on evidence that effective intervention in early childhood years leads to better life chances for vulnerable children, including better education and employment outcomes,” Mr Lindsay said.