Nagambie Lakes Community House

Nagambie Lakes Community House

12 October 2016

Ms RYAN (Euroa) — (11 788) My constituency question is for the Minister for Families and Children. When will the Andrews government provide funding for the Nagambie Lakes Community House? The Nagambie Lakes Community House is one of a number of neighbourhood houses run entirely by volunteers without any support from the Victorian government. The house opens on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and began operating in 2010. At present there are 13 different interest groups meeting under the auspices of the community house. Without funding, its members work very hard to keep the house going. The attendance book shows about 400 visits in one month.

The previous coalition government recognised how important neighbourhood houses are, particularly in small rural communities like Nagambie. They are fantastic community assets that welcome people from all walks of life and help people to connect, learn and contribute to their community. We provided more than $25 million a year to more than 370 neighbourhood houses, and neighbourhood houses that were open for less than 20 hours a week were invited to apply for extra funding. That enabled neighbourhood houses like those at Avenel and Pyalong to extend their hours of operation. I urge the minister to have a look to see whether any additional funding can be provided to the neighbourhood — —

The DEPUTY SPEAKER — Order! The honourable member's time has expired.

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