Organisations that support Australian Defence Force families across Australia will share in $1.5 million to deliver programs and services within their local communities.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Cairns Defence Community Support Group would receive $14,324 under the Morrison Government’s Family Support Funding Program which enables defence families to connect and interact with each other and the community in a variety of ways.
“Defence families make significant sacrifices and this funding will go a long way to ensure they are supported and connected with the local communities in Cairns and Far North Queensland,” Mr Entsch said.
“I congratulate the Cairns Defence Community Support Group which I know will do great work supporting local defence families.
“This funding will allow Cairns Defence Community Support Group to further provide opportunities for the community to connect as a group, engage in activities, source services and find out what the local area has to offer.
“Funding will support start-up costs, social connections activities including coffee catch-ups, book club, parent support group, health and wellness program, welcome and family events and school holiday activities.”
Federal Defence Personnel Minister Darren Chester said defence families make incredible sacrifices and this funding contributes to a strong sense of community and a support network for those feeling the disruption and change from posting to a new location.
“These grants will support defence families’ wellbeing and promote the sharing of ideas and information to help manage the demands of military life and allow families to settle into their local communities,” Mr Chester said.
“Congratulations to the 44 grant recipients across the nation and thank you for all you do for our defence families.”
“I encourage any defence family that would like further information on accessing community resources and support to call the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608.”