| September 05, 2022
LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Victorian Neighbourhood House funding
The Andrews Labor Government has been dragged kicking and screaming to the table to support Victoria’s Neighbourhood Houses, but it still falls short of what they are seeking.
Labor has left it until the last minute to make a commitment to funding these vital community hubs – several weeks after the Liberal and Nationals announced their commitment to annual funding – but again it is only a fixed-term arrangement, not recurrent funding like what the Liberals and Nationals have pledged.
Neighbourhood Houses have made it clear they want certainty with funding to establish long-term programs and employment security for staff, but with only a three-year commitment from Labor it is impossible to do this.
Luckily for Victorians, NHV is no stranger to lobbying for more funding from Daniel Andrews, after a concerted postcard writing campaign in 2018 saw Mr Andrews deliver on a 2014 election promise – only four years late.
Last week’s announcement of a three-year funding commitment is a short-term win for our Neighbourhood Houses, but they need more certainty in funding to plan long-term programs and attract full-time staff to help vulnerable Victorians.
Only a Liberal and Nationals government can deliver that certainty.
Emma Kealy MP
Member for Lowan
Deputy Leader of The Nationals
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