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Morrison Government supports community resilience and social cohesion

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A strong economy means that the Morrison Government can invest in local community groups which help promote social cohesion and connectivity through its Mutual Understanding, Support, Tolerance, Engagement and Respect (MUSTER) grants program.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, today announced that a re-elected Morrison Government would provide funding for three local community organisations to help them build community resilience, proactively engage with marginalised and at-risk groups, and provide support to new migrants settling into Australia.

The following organisations will receive funding under a re-elected Morrison Government:

  • Ellenbrook Community Christmas Appeal and Ellenbrook Connect will receive $5,000;

  • Integration and Empowerment will receive $143,000; and

  • Soldiers and Sirens will receive $464,000 over two years.

Mr Porter said this funding will support activities that bring people together, especially people from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

“In particular, this initiative will address service gaps in disadvantaged locations across Australia recognising that some communities face a higher level of disadvantage and require a more targeted and localised approach,” Mr Porter said.

“These grants recognise that community cohesion is forged not only at the individual level, but also between identity groups, communities of interest and civic organisations.

“People thrive in well-functioning communities and I am proud that the Morrison Government recognises the vital importance of cohesion in our communities.”

Funded organisations will deliver projects that use a whole of community approach to address disadvantage and support individuals, families and communities.

Co-founders of Soldiers and Sirens, Daniel Bates and Danielle Baldock welcomed this important announcement, saying the funding will help their organisation expand its reach.

“This grant is a major milestone for us as a community support group to be able to now grow our focus and services on a wider front to address the very important issue of mental health and wellbeing of our first responders, veterans and serving defence personal,” Mr Bates and Mrs Baldock said.

“This places us in a much stronger position to establish a wider community of counselling services, social activities and support groups to those in need of our services and support.”

Nationally, the Morrison Government will provide $60 million in grants to support communities across Australia.