Hobsons Bay will benefit from increased Neighbourhood Houses support, with the announcement of a $21.8 million investment from the State Government, to boost support for community centre staff, volunteers and the local communities they serve.
Neighbourhood Houses that currently receive less than 25 hours of funding per week are eligible to apply for additional funding. Proposals for new houses will also be considered and successful applicants will share in an extra 76,700 of coordination hours.
Mobile neighbourhood house networkers will also get an extra 4,800 hours, which will enable them to continue working directly with individual houses, improving access to key services and activities.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the increased funding will ensure neighbourhood houses can continue to provide the vital employment, training and volunteering services people need.
“We said we’d deliver for neighbourhood houses and this Budget provides the biggest funding increase to coordination hours ever, almost eight times what the former Liberal Government spent during their entire term,” said Ms Mikakos.
Hobsons Bay currently has eight Neighbourhood Houses in operation, including the Altona Meadows Community Centre, Laverton Community Centre, Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre and Newport Community & Education Centre.
Other houses operating within Hobsons Bay include the Seabrook Community Centre, South Kingsville Community Centre, Walker Close Community Centre and Williamstown Community & Education Centre.