MEDIA RELEASE - COMMUNITY GROUPS RECEIVE MUCH NEEDED BOOST - 25 MAY 2020

25 May 2020

PETA MURPHY MP
MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY

 

COMMUNITY GROUPS RECEIVE MUCH NEEDED BOOST

 

Peta Murphy MP, Federal Member for Dunkley announced today that fourteen terrific community groups across Dunkley will receive funding to support the work of our committed volunteers.

The funding ranges between $1,000 and $5,000, will support local organisations in Dunkley by assisting their volunteers to purchase small equipment, as well as pay for fuel, transport and training costs.

The following volunteer organisations will receive funding:

  • Carrum Downs Sri Lankan Seniors Incorporated
  • City of Frankston Bowling Club Inc.
  • Community Support Frankston Inc.
  • Frankston Cancer Bag Group Inc.
  • Frankston Music Society Inc.
  • Local 2 Community Inc.
  • Mount Eliza Neighbourhood Centre Inc.
  • Mums Supporting Families in Need Inc.
  • Quillmoves Incorporated
  • Rotary Club of Frankston Inc.
  • St. John Ambulance Australia (Victoria) Inc.
  • The Greek Senior Citizens Club of Frankston & Peninsula Inc.
  • Theordora House Inc.
  • Women's Spirit Project

Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy MP, said this funding will provide some relief for organisations and their volunteers in what has been a difficult year so far.

“Recent events have reminded us of the importance of volunteers and their contribution to the Australian community.”

“Local community groups will be receiving a much needed and well-deserved boost through these volunteer grants, I am disappointed however that, because the funding pool was insufficient, many will miss out.”

Many local organisations have seen a surge in demand for their services due to recent events.

Despite around 70 per cent of worthy applications missing out in previous rounds of volunteer grant funding, the Federal Government limited this round of grants to $66,000 per electorate. Without explanation, only $63,000 was awarded in Dunkley.  

Because of the funding limit, 21 Dunkley volunteer groups that applied for assistance missed out. This is despite the hard work of volunteers and clear community need.

Labor’s Shadow Minister wrote to the Government and requested a review of funding levels to make sure they reflect local community need. Peta Murphy MP has also written asking for funding for each Dunkley volunteer group which was not successful.

 

DATE: 25 MAY 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: DYLAN STEED 9781 2333

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.