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Funding to grow capacity of Avenel and Pyalong Neighbourhood Houses

13 October 2014

The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan today welcomed news that Avenel and Pyalong Neighbourhood Houses will receive increased funding from the Victorian Coalition Government to operate additional weekly hours.

Steph Ryan said the funding would boost existing support and enable the neighbourhood houses to extend their role as key social and educational centres in the community.

“I was pleased to visit the Avenel Neighbourhood House yesterday and discuss the important work they will be able to do in the ten additional hours they will be able to open thanks to $25,412 in Coalition Government support,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Avenel Neighbourhood House is a vibrant and active community hub and an increase in hours will enable them to provide increased access to services, workshops and social activities.”

Ms Ryan said the Coalition Government would also provide $12,706 to Pyalong Neighbourhood House to support five additional coordination hours per week.

“This is fantastic news for Pyalong and the increased hours will enable them to address increased community needs and to expand the delivery of services,” Ms Ryan said.

Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge said 35 Neighbourhood Houses across Victoria will benefit from an extra $2.9 million in funding from the Coalition Government.

“Additional funding has gone to Neighbourhood Houses that have demonstrated a strong community need and capacity to deliver increased activities,” Ms Wooldridge said.

“Under the previous Labor Government many Neighbourhood Houses were not funded at a level that was sustainable. 

“The Coalition Government has invested in Neighbourhood Houses so that all houses open for less than 20 hours a week can apply for additional funding to expand their hours of operation in order to enhance their capacity to serve the community.

“It will allow the houses to boost their services and for their communities to continue to grow with the help of this wonderful organisation,” Ms Wooldridge said.

Each year the Victorian Coalition Government provides $25 million to support more than 370 Neighbourhood Houses and the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres.

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