Federal minister stands up for Communities for Children

Ensuring the protection, safety and well-being of families in regional communities remains a priority of the Federal Coalition Government.

Federal Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Dr David Gillespie, and Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd MP, were in Gladstone today and met with one of the Government’s key partners helping to improve outcomes for children and families in the region.

Communities for Children as part of the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Ltd (GAPDL) receives federal funding as a not-for-profit organisation that facilitates a range of programs targeted at parents and children, ranging from building resilience to managing difficult behaviour.

Mr O’Dowd said today’s visit provided Minister Gillespie with a first-hand insight into the important work that Communities for Children carry out in the local community.

“The Federal Coalition Government is proud to support Communities for Children as part of the GAPDL in Gladstone. The partnerships they have formed, and the range of programs they offer are an asset to the region and are delivering real results,” Mr O’Dowd said.

“Initiatives like 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching for carers and parents, the Play 2 Learn – which provides structured learning activities, and Wings, which supports early-years educators, are providing crucial support for many local families”.

Minister Gillespie said the Federal Coalition Government is providing $1.9 million funding from 2014-15 to 2018-19 to support GAPDL.

“Our Government is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Australian families, and by funding organisations like Communities for Children, we are ensuring that this assistance is being delivered where it is most needed” Minister Gillespie said.