The well-being of families in Page is central to five local family organisations which will receive $517,620 in Australian Government funding over the next year.

Grants recipients under the Federal Community Investment Program are:

  • Lismore Men and Family Centre (incorporating Men’s Shed) – $171,620
  • Ballina-Byron Family Centre – $84,270
  • Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention – $57,350
  • Ngunya Jarjum Aboriginal Corporation – $100,000
  • Dads in Distress $105,000

Member for Page Janelle Saffin welcomed the additional funding for which she has intensely lobbied to ensure these essential services continue and improve for our area.

“The Government values the enormous contribution made by The Lismore Men and Family Centre, the Ballina-Byron Family Centre, Jumbunna community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre, Ngunya Jarjum Aboriginal Corporation and the mid north coast Dads in Distress, which incorporates Grafton and Yamba in the southern end of the Page electorate,” she said.

“Through their on-the-ground projects, these organisations provide practical help for people facing social and personal challenges and will help strengthen communities through locally developed initiatives.”

Ballina-Byron Family Centre Manager Trish Milgate said she was over the moon that the funding would allow the Fella’s Family Project to continue.

“This Fella’s Family Project offers unique support for dads, new dads, including a supported playgroup for dads,” she said.

“It also provides boys aged between 11 and 16 years an opportunity to create caring relationships with the support of a male mentor.

“Pete and Mick, who run it, are so respectful and caring in their attitude, it is all about enhancing relationships.”

This funding is part of the Rudd Government’s $19.3 million commitment to the new Community Investment Program.

The Minister for Families, Jenny Macklin, said projects funded under the Community Investment Program have a strong focus on supporting vulnerable children and families, and building cohesive and strong communities.

These projects were formerly funded under the Government’s Local Answers program.