Com­mu­nity pro­gram will con­tinue

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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.

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