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Queensland Government media release

The Palaszczuk Government is investing in family support services in Nerang and the surrounding areas.

Through ongoing funding to Act for Kids and the Nerang Neighbourhood Centre families across the region are receiving the support they need.

Act for Kids can get on with what they do best, looking after some of the Gold Coast’s most vulnerable children, with funding now locked in for the next five years.

At the Nerang Neighbourhood Centre today, Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman said the State Government was progressively shifting many organisations to five year funding contracts instead of three.

“Longer contracts provide greater certainty and allow organisations to plan ahead and assists with recruiting staff who want job security,” she said.

“It ensures they can get on with the incredible work they do on the Gold Coast and right across Queensland,” she said.

“The Nerang hub brings together Child Safety staff and specialist support workers in a Joint Response Team, and Act for Kids is an integral part of protecting some of our most vulnerable children.

“That’s why I’m proud to say we have secured their funding for this service of $1,097,142 over five years.”

Ms Fentiman said the investment in Act for Kids was just the start of funding in the Nerang region.

“The Nerang Neighbourhood Centre Inc will receive $374,840 in 2017-18 to deliver a range of services including a dedicated Community Connect worker who helps individuals and families with complex needs to access support,” she said.

“The centre centre’s funding includes $134,467 annually to assist young people aged 12 to 18 years who are at risk of disconnecting from support.”

“We are investing in these local organisations because we value the specialist services the community sector can provide in partnership with government.

Under the LNP, we saw community based organisations across Queensland cut in the name of fiscal repair.

Funding to the Nerang Neighbourhood Centre was cut by more than $21,000 and state-wide Act for Kids was cut by $469,870.

“The Palaszczuk Government has restored frontline community services after three years of cut, sack and sell under Tim Nicholls and Campbell Newman,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Our priority is to look after families and children, and we are doing that by ensuring vital organisations have the resources to run programs and support services for the local community.”

In addition to funding for the Neighbourhood Centre and Act for Kids, the Palaszczuk Government has invested in The Gold Coast Family Intervention Service and Youth Lifestyle Options, which is an intensive residential Care program, providing assisted living for young people with complex needs.

Youth Lifestyle Options was cut more than $67,000 under the LNP.

Anglicare operates the Gold Coast Intensive Foster Care service that receives $318,528 in necessary funding annually, to deliver seven intensive foster care places for children and young people with complex needs.

“Under the LNP Government, funding to Anglicare was slashed by $1.1 million across Queensland,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Cutting funding to vital organisations affects our local community and harms Queensland families.”

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