Media Release by Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Adventure Campsite one of 27 projects to strengthen QLD communities

$30,025 for an Adventure Campsite in Booringa Shire is just one of the projects funded in Queensland under the Howard Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy.

Over $5.5 million will be invested in 27 projects that will provide lasting benefits to people throughout Queensland.

Other projects funded include over $111,000 for Preventing Family Violence Workshops in Brisbane, and $211,000 for the Toowoomba Home Visitation Program.

The Preventing Family Violence Workshops will help up to 90 Indigenous men in suburban Brisbane who have committed or who are at risk of committing acts of assault and violence against their families. The project will also target men from two detention centres in south-east Queensland, with the aim of helping the men to identify and change violent behaviour.

Local community agency Drug Arm will deliver the Toowoomba Home Visitation Program, which will meet the needs of young families who have no extended family in the immediate area, and who need help, support and advice about parenting. The program will recruit and train up to 50 local people as volunteers.

This funding is part of a further $15 million made available under the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy to support more than 100 community-based projects across Australia.

This latest funding round means that spending on community projects under the Strategy has now topped $55 million, highlighting the significant contribution the Howard Government has made to help build family and community strength.

We are determined to support people at the local level, and invest in their strengths, skills and capacities. Government doesn’t have all the answers, which is why we’re providing unprecedented support for practical partnerships with local communities.

It’s all about people identifying issues of importance to their communities, and with our support, being able to improve their quality of community and family life in very tangible ways.

The Strategy has a focus on parenting and relationship education, community leadership development, assistance for young vulnerable people, support for Indigenous families and communities and the development of volunteering.

Already there has been great success with projects like the Nundah Touch Football Competition, which has helped the local community, including people with an intellectual or learning disability, to get more involved in sporting activities.

Every project funded under the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy aims to provide assistance where it is most needed, by helping people and communities come up with solutions to the issues they face.

I encourage everyone to think about how their own communities can be strengthened, and how families can be supported in their own local area.

This commitment confirms the Howard Government’s determination to help create strong, active and united Australian families and communities.