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Supporting Tasmanian Communities and Volunteers

25th May, 2017

Sarah Courtney, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier

The Hodgman Liberal Government is the strongest supporter of our volunteer groups, community support organisations and Tasmania’s multicultural diversity.

With the Budget back in balance we are able to continue to support groups that give their all to support other Tasmanians in our community.

The 2017-18 Budget includes:

$400,000 to Foodbank over the next four years to establish a base in the North-West region. This is in addition to the $300,000 per year provided to Tasmanian food security organisations.

$60,000 in further support for our mobile food vans, including Loui’s Van in Hobart, Launceston’s Missionbeat and Gran’s Van in Devonport to continue their great community service in 2017-18.

$200,000 to Volunteering Tasmania over the next four yearswhichis building an army of volunteers in the event of a natural disaster or emergency called EV-CREW. This is in addition to $260,000 per year to Volunteering Tasmania.

$1.46 million over three years to help refugee families arriving in Tasmania by providing education support, employment pathways and a welcoming environment.

Other significant community funding support packages in the State Budget include:

$50,000 to support the Risdon Vale Bike Collective to continue its youth mentoring programs through the Risdon Vale Bike Shed and Blue Hills Bike Trails.

$100,000 in additional funding to the RSL to support ex-serving personnel establish a ‘retreat’ at Dago Point Reserve, Lake Sorell.

$346,000 to support Tasmanian seniors, including COTA, Seniors Week and to kick-start Tasmania’s new Active Ageing Plan.

$90,000 for the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association to support Men’s Sheds around Tasmania – in addition to the $550,000 allocated since 2014-15.

$100,000 over two years to support additional Community Participation, including $10,000 per year for two years for the Moonah Taste of the World Festival, $10,000 per year for two years for the Deloraine Craft Fair and $5000 per year for two years for Colony 47’s Community Christmas Lunch.

$50,000 to support Tasmania’s hosting of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia Congress – a national multicultural conference – in 2019.

The Hodgman Liberal Government acknowledges and appreciates the outstanding work done by our community sector organisations and thousands of volunteers and we will continue to support Tasmanians in need as we Build Tasmania’s Future.