Tuesday, 5 May 2020

The Morrison Government is providing an immediate funding injection to Petrie charities and community organisations to support locals in the wake of the coronavirus economic downturn.

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston said the Government understands this was a trying time for relief providers facing rapidly increasing demand while dealing with challenges in maintaining the workforce and distribution lines needed to operate.

“This funding injection will enable Petrie organisations to streamline supply chains, increase workforce capacity and help increase local support and outreach services,” Minister Ruston said.

Member for Petrie, Luke Howarth MP said the investment would assist locals batting the devastating impacts of the coronavirus.

“There are many people in our community doing it tough right now, which is why I am pleased the Morrison Government could deliver this much-needed funding to support emergency cash payments, food, everyday bills, transport and school supplies,” Mr Howarth said.

“Many people reaching out to these services may have never needed this type of assistance before, so we need to make sure we have the right supports in place to help people through this period and bounce back stronger when it’s over.”

Mr Howarth said the Commonwealth funded providers would be working with other local organisations to ensure people could access services quickly.

“I encourage local organisations to work with the Commonwealth funded providers in their area to ensure that those who need support are able to get it, when and where they need it,” Mr Howarth said.

Contact details for funded providers can be found on the Department of Social Services’ directory at https://serviceproviders.dss.gov.au/

Overall across the country the Morrison Government is providing an immediate $100 million to Australian charities and community organisations.