House debates

Monday, 18 February 2019

Statements by Members

Goldstein Electorate: TaskForce Community Agency

4:08 pm

Photo of Tim WilsonTim Wilson (Goldstein, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I'm pleased to announce that TaskForce Community Agency in Bentleigh has receive a $50,000 grant as part of the government's Fostering Integration Grants Program. TaskForce Community Agency helps create positive outcomes for people living on the margins of our community. They provide specialist support to young people and migrants so they can live healthy lives, connect with educational training, identify employment opportunities and reach their full potential.

The grant is part of the government's commitment to working closely with local community organisations to provide services that foster community and create a stronger Australia. Young migrants, particularly women, often face barriers to employment and community participation. This funding boosts and will help deliver individualised care and support at a local level. It fits as part of the package of great work done by TaskForce, particularly in supporting people who have challenges through drug and alcohol abuse.

The staff, the board and the executive team at the TaskForce should be commended for their commitment to a strong supportive local community. So, thanks to Ray Blessing, Rosetta Isma, Natalie Siegel, David Paton, Kate Forer, Anna Murru, Danny Alcock, Mike Davis, Gayle Stapelton, Shelley Cross, Steve Helfenbaum and Katrina Bell. We thank you for the incredible work you do to make sure that our communities are strong and rich as can be achieved with the will of the TaskForce.