Warrnambool residents can have a say on what community services are needed in the growing region through a new Brumby Labor Government-funded study.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP said that through a $30,000 grant, Mpower will employ a consultant to work with the community on a feasibility study.
“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to provide even better services for regional Victorians and this study will help the region plan what community services are needed in the future,” Ms Tierney said.
“Warrnambool’s growing population will place increased demand on existing organisations that provide disability services, drug and alcohol counselling, employment links, mental health and aged care services.
“The project, A shared vision: South West Community Sector Feasibility Study, will help make clear what the needs of the community are.
“It will look at what services are needed, how existing infrastructure and services can be improved and whether co-locating community services would be beneficial.
“The consultant will seek feedback from local residents, community organisations and all levels of government to provide a very clear picture of local needs and aspirations, and then recommendations for meeting those needs and aspirations can be developed.
“This study will be valuable in planning for the future needs of the community sector and I’d encourage everyone to have a say.”
The project will be managed by Mpower and has received funding and support from Warrnambool City Council and Community Southwest.
Community Development Minister Peter Batchelor said Victorian Community Support grants were available from the Community Support Fund.
Since 2004, the Victorian Community Support Grants program has supported more than 500 projects worth more than $82 million.