The Andrews Labor Government is upgrading the Torquay Community House so that more locals in Torquay have access to vital services in a renovated and more modern facility.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Torquay Community House would receive $10,000 to upgrade the meeting area to include a portable coffee shop, as part of its $460,000 Minor Capital Works Non-Recurrent Grants program.
Torquay Community House is one of 26 neighbourhood houses supported to make minor works, equipment and communication technology upgrades, with houses in Stawell, Portarlington, Wedderburn and Grovedale all receiving funds of up to $10,000.
Ten neighbourhood houses will also receive grants of up to $30,000 to implement small-scale infrastructure modifications to improve their site’s accessibility, including houses in St Arnaud, Tatura, Corinella and Warracknabeal.
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.
For more information, visit providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/neighbourhood-house-coordination-program.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Torquay Community House is part of the fabric of the Torquay community – they deserve our support, which is why we are strengthening and expanding the sector here and across Victoria.”
“This investment by the Andrews Labor Government will help us deliver a welcoming space at Torquay Community House where members of the community can come together and benefit from the services, support and connections they have to offer.”
“We want more Victorians to spend time at their local neighbourhood house – and that starts with upgrading and modernising their facilities.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
“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.”