The Andrews Labor Government is chipping in for an upgrade at Godfrey Street Community House and Moongala Community House so that more locals in Bentleigh have access to vital services in better facilities.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today announced the two neighbourhood houses would receive $10,000 each as part of the $460,000 Minor Capital Works Non-Recurrent Grants program.

This is in addition to the recent announcement of coordination funding for Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre.

These capital works form part of the Labor Government’s $21.8 million investment over four years for the Neighbourhood Houses Coordination Program, supported through the Victorian Budget 2018/19.

This record investment has supported:

  • 162 neighbourhood houses to increase their coordination hours and deliver up to 50 hours of activities and programs per week for their local community
  • 27 newly funded neighbourhood houses
  • an additional 4,800 hours for neighbourhood house networks supporting individual houses across Victoria to improve delivery of key services and activities.

It’s all part of the Labor Government’s commitment to supporting and expanding the neighbourhood house network and support staff, volunteers and the local communities they serve.

In one Budget, the Labor Government invested almost eight times what the former Liberal Government spent during their entire term in terms of new support for neighbourhood houses.

Neighbourhood houses provide a safe place for people to become involved in community events, learn about local services and activities, join a class or support group or take up a new activity for fun and enjoyment.

More than 400 neighbourhood houses across Victoria receive funding from the Labor Government, supporting almost 200,000 Victorians each week who visit a house or use their services.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“We want more Victorians to spend time at their local neighbourhood house – and that starts with upgrading and modernising their facilities.”

“Building local connections is important to people and that’s why we’ve invested $21.8 million in neighbourhood houses right across the state – almost eight times more than the previous Liberal Government.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

We’re taking action to ensure people of all abilities can access their local neighbourhood house and benefit from the services, support and connections they offer.”

“Godfrey Street and Moongala are part of the fabric of our community – they deserve our support, which is why we are strengthening and expanding the sector here and across Victoria.” 

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