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Federal Member for Canning Don Randall encourages community organisations to get their applications in for round three of the highly successful Local Answers funding initiative.

“The Local Answers program is extremely popular and forms part of the Australian Government’s $490 million Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, helping to strengthen disadvantaged communities by funding local, small-scale time limited projects,” said Mr Randall.

Local Answers funding support projects that: • build effective parenting and relationship skills; • build opportunities and skills for economic self-reliance in families and communities; • strengthen support to families and communities by delivering better services and addressing unmet needs through the building of partnerships between local services; • assist young parents in particular to further their education or access to training and other services where they are seeking to make the transition to employment; and • assist members of the community to get involved in community life through local volunteering or mentoring of young people or training to build community leadership and initiative.

“In funding Local Answers, the Australian Government is continuing to listen to communities and to trust their judgment in proposing responses to local issues.

“To date, the Australian Government has approved over $40 million to fund more than 260 projects. The total funding for Local Answers is $137 million over five years.

“The Government is firmly committed to working in partnership with communities in a flexible way, so that our children, families and communities will be supported in ways they need.

Applications for Local Answers Round Three close 5pm Friday 23 September 2005

Application forms and Guidelines are available form the Department of Family and Community Services’ website or by calling the Local Answers Round the toll free hotline: 1800 050 044.

Mr Randall suggests that community organisations that are planning to apply for funding, make contact with his office prior to submission.

“I am more than happy to lend my support to your application in the hope it is looked on more favourably by the Minister,” said Mr Randall.

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