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Powell Media Release – More support for Maleny residents (17 July 2014)

Vulnerable Queenslanders on the Sunshine Coast hinterland will have access to better support and community services at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

Member for Glass House Andrew Powell said the Queensland Government had a strong plan to revitalise frontline community services in the region.

“The Maleny Neighbourhood Centre will receive $150,000 in funding over the next three years to deliver more targeted services,” Mr Powell said.

“Neighbourhood centres are at the forefront of helping vulnerable young people, individuals and families in Glass House.

“They provide a pathway to access extensive community support services and are an entry point to more targeted services within a community.

“This funding will enable the centre to continue its valuable work in the community and expand its resources to deliver improved services to more vulnerable Queenslanders.”

Mr Powell said the Newman Government’s strong plan for a brighter future included improving community connectedness.

“The community hub already plays a vital role in providing people with access to information, advice, workshops, local events, counselling and support,” he said.

“This funding will open up opportunities for residents to participate in a range of new activities like The Heart of Maleny project, which aims to build community resilience.

“It will also mean vital projects that promote domestic and family violence prevention can continue, and enable further volunteering opportunities in the area.”

Mr Powell said the Queensland Government was focused on helping vulnerable Queenslanders reach their full potential.

“We recognised that the emerging needs and trends of the community are changing,” he said.

“The funding boost will allow the centre to be better equipped to deliver programs that meet the needs of the Sunshine Coast hinterland community.

“It’s about realising the importance of strengthening our community and continuing to support vulnerable Queenslanders.”

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[ENDS] 17 July 2014

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