Community program will continue
The Federal Government has announced a continuation of funding for the Goulburn Valley Family Care Children and Parenting Support Services program.
‘‘There has been ongoing communication between the Social Services Minister Scott Morrison, CEO David Tennant and myself, to continue the funding for the Children and Parenting Support Services program after the organisation was told it was unsuc- cessful with their application late 2014,’’ Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone said.
‘‘The announcement of $231 130 for the program is not only great news, it is an improvement of funding,’’
Dr Stone said Goulburn Valley Family Care would now be able run additional hours in their existing program, which helps at-risk mothers and babies and teaches them important parenting skills as well as providing ongoing mentoring support.
‘‘There are over 1200 births at the Goulburn Valley Base Hospital every year combined with the consequences of social and economic disadvantage in the community and the high level of teenage pregnancy — this program serves the community with much needed support,’’ she said.
‘‘Last financial year the program served 370 parents of 405 children aged four years and younger. Three hundred and one of those families received day-stay services and related follow-up services.
‘‘The community can now have peace of mind knowing this service is still available.’’
Dr Stone said ‘‘this great result’’ took many negotiations with the Minister and his advisers.
‘‘It is really good news for local families,’’ she said.