$10 000 Funding Boost for Tasmania’s Neighbourhood Houses announced
In parliament Minister for Human Services Jacquie Petrusma announced a welcome $10 000 one-off funding boost to the 34 Neighbourhood Houses across Tasmania.
“This is a very welcome and timely boost for the volunteers and staff of each community run Neighbourhood House” commented John Hooper, Executive officer of Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania.
The State Government announced in the 2016-17 Budget $15 000 a year extra funding over two years, for each House. This was an acknowledgement of the pressure each Neighbourhood House is under to cover costs and support their community.
Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania in October submitted to the State Government as part of the Budget Submissions process for each House to receive extra recurrent funding of $41 255. NHT Budget Submission 2017-18
Today’s announcement we see as an acknowledgement of the government’s belief in the vital work of Tasmania’s Neighbourhood Houses, and that the calls from Neighbourhood Houses to their local members of parliament for much needed financial support has been heard. This brings the extra funding for this year to $25 000.