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Increased grants to community groups

The Labor Party has announced a plan to increase the Community Centre Infrastructure Fund from $3 million to $10.5 million over the next three years through Queensland’s increased share of GST revenue.

This pledge by Labor was followed by a $4 million commitment by the LNP to make grants of between $5,000 and $15,000 available to community groups.

PeakCare is pleased that both parties recognise the cost pressures facing community groups and welcome their pledges to assist them in meeting these demands.

If you have a view or opinion about the pledges that have been made by either or both parties to increase grants to community groups, please enter a comment below or email us at election2012@peakcare.org.au.

Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Small community groups are part of the community fabric necessary to build caring and inclusive communities. These groups provide the opportunities to bring people together to work and run activities to build strong and connected communities. Strong and connected communties are able to support individuals and families and are essential to reducing stress and improving well being. I fully support these committments by both parties. Michael Tizard, State Manager Qld, The Benevolent Society

    March 1, 2012
  2. The provision of support for community groups should be a part of a strategy that prioritises access and availability of services for children and families, no matter which door they knock on. I applaud both political parties for their commitment to community organisations, but I’ll be looking for a more comprehensive plan for community service provision in general.

    March 1, 2012
  3. Lucas Moore #

    Both the Labor Party and the LNP should be congratulated for their committments in this area, however many of the core issues raised in the PeakCare Position Papers are yet to be fully addressed.

    March 2, 2012
  4. Gail Slocombe #

    Cost pressures for service provision and governance of community groups are rising exponentially and it is good the learn that both parties recognise this and offer some relief with increased funding options. Small community groups and non government service providers contribute significantly to the fabric of community life and the wellbeing of families- just look at what has been achieved throughout last year’s disaster recovery activity. The development of a robust framework and structure ( both legal and social) in which groups can flourish and continue to deliver support and services locally would be well received.

    March 5, 2012
  5. Small grants such as these with minimum key performance indicators could boost capacity. Too much reporting on the expenditure of funds would detract from its usefulness to small organisations. Seen in the light of reducing red tape generally in the community sector, the increased funds could be really worthwhile.

    March 5, 2012
  6. Mandy Baird #

    Whilst I applaud the committment of both political parties it is important to maintain an awareness that any increase in funding, whilst essential, is only one further step towards levels of funding required to support children and families. Real change will only come about when the issues raised in the PeakCare position papers are fully implemented.

    March 6, 2012
  7. Small community groups and NGOs working in communities are really on the frontline and well positioned to establish & provide integrated & localised supports to vulnerable children & families. So its good to hear these pledges from both major parties. I also look forward to further consideration & take up of some of the major issues raised in the Peakcare Position Paper-then we might see some real traction & progress in this area.

    Ray Snell
    Child Family & Disability servcies Manager
    St vincentde Paul Society Queensland

    March 7, 2012

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