Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Supporting Tasmanians in financial crisis

Joint Media Release with:

  • Lin Thorp MLC, Tasmanian Minister for Human Services

Much-needed funding starts flowing to Tasmania’s emergency relief providers today, as part of a $1 million boost from the Tasmanian Government to support those struggling most with the impact of the global economic downturn.

In addition, an extra $100,000 will be provided by the Australian Government to help Tasmanian communities that have never had access to emergency relief before.

This funding is part of the Australian and Tasmanian Governments’ $4.4 million commitment to emergency relief in Tasmania over the next two years.

Federal Minister for Community Services Jenny Macklin and Tasmanian Minister for Human Services Lin Thorp today visited UnitingCare Tasmania in Bridgewater to meet people who deal with the impacts of the global economic recession every day.

‘In these tough economic times more and more people are knocking on the doors of local service providers for help to put food on the table and pay rent and bills,’ Ms Macklin said.

‘The additional $100,000 will provide local people in Southern Midlands, the East Coast, the North-West and the Huon Valley with immediate support including vouchers to cover food, transport, pharmacy and utility costs, rent and accommodation assistance and food and clothing parcels.

‘This funding highlights both the Australian and Tasmanian Governments’ commitment to provide continuing support for Tasmanians who have been hardest hit in tough times.’

Ms Thorp said this is the first time the Tasmanian Government has provided funding for emergency relief.

‘This week is Anti-Poverty Week, which reminds us that poverty and hardship can affect us all,’ Ms Thorp said.

‘People who need emergency relief services are some of the most disadvantaged and socially excluded in our society.

‘With this funding, providers will be able to meet the increased demands caused by the financial crisis and help alleviate the additional hardships faced by vulnerable families and individuals.’

Tasmanian Senator Carol Brown welcomed the quick action taken by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to help people suffering financial strain.

‘With the help of this funding Tasmania’s most vulnerable people will be able to keep on top of piling bills and other financial pressures and get the help they need to get their lives in order,’ Senator Brown said.

The Australian Government has doubled emergency relief funding, providing an additional $80.4 million to June 2011. This will help an estimated one million people each year nationwide.

$1 million funding boost for Tasmanian Emergency Relief providers
Anglicare Tasmania $61,816
Campbell Town Health and Community Service $1,573
Cape Barren Island Aboriginal Association $778
Colony 47 $8,754
Deloraine House $12,934
Flinders Island Aboriginal Association $6,196
George Town Neighbourhood House $6,320
Helping Hand Association $7,120
Hobart Benevolent Society $33,085
Hobart City Mission $130,668
Launceston Benevolent Society $24,333
Launceston City Mission $100,348
St Vincent de Paul Society Tasmania $150,083
Tasman Multi Purpose Centre $13,241
The Caring Network $4,162
The Salvation Army Tasmania $268,816
UnitingCare Tasmania $134,469
Wyndarra Centre $35,304
Total $1,000,000
$100,000 for Emergency Relief in Tasmanian communities
Organsiation Funding (2009-2010) Region
UnitingCare Tasmania $14,000 Southern Midlands region
Anglicare Tasmania $14,500$35,000 East Coast region (Bicheno to Swansea)North West region
St Vincent de Paul Society Tasmania $14,500$22,000 East Coast region (Swansea to Triabunna)Huon Valley region
Total $100,000