The Canberra Liberals have made a series of election commitments in the community sector today, including promising $800,000 in funding for the Communities@Work Reach Home Program which provides families in need with crisis accommodation.
Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder (pictured above) joined with Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson to announce three election promises: the Communities@Work funding to help the program continue to offer affordable and safe housing for families in need; removal of the 0.34 per cent Community Sector Reform Levy; and removal of red tape for organisations who want to provide short-term emergency accommodation
“The Canberra Liberals believe in Canberra’s community sector and the contribution it makes to many disadvantaged people across the ACT,” Ms Lawder said.
The former CEO of Homelessness ACT said she understood what the community sector needed to thrive.
“The Communities@Work Reach Home Program provides critical accommodation to women and families escaping domestic violence situations and deserves further support while the Community Sector Reform Levy has been an inhibitor to the sector for some years,” she said.
“I’ve heard from many organisations that want to provide short term crisis accommodation, only to face restrictive red tape.”
The Liberals have also made a commitment today to work with Carers ACT in the development and implementation of an ACT Carers Strategy to help ACT carers sustain and continue their role, Shadow Minister for Disability Andrew Wall (pictured above) said today.
“There are 48,500 ACT family or friend carers who are providing unpaid, informal care to family members or friends and it is estimated that 74 percent of all community care is provided by these carers,” Mr Wall said.
“Carers are a critical part of Canberra’s social fabric providing the vast majority of informal care for those who need it. Without good data it is difficult to establish evidence based priorities to further assist the vital contribution of carers.
“A Canberra Liberals government will work with Carers ACT to implement the actions they see as priorities. We hope this is a stepping stone to making a real difference in carers lives here in the ACT.”