Members statements – Tullamarine Community House

Mr J. BULL (Sunbury) (10:01:28) — Recently I was delighted to visit Tullamarine Community House, which was delighted to learn of our $21.8 million budget allocation. This of course is the biggest ever funding increase to neighbourhood house coordination hours. What we know is that 160 neighbourhood houses across the state are currently funded for 25 hours per week or less. These neighbourhood houses will now be eligible to increase their funding, with an additional 76 000 hours per year across the state being provided.

The Andrews Labor government is a proud supporter of neighbourhood houses. We understand the important role they play in our local communities, and that is why we are backing them. This is a record funding boost that will ensure neighbourhood houses across Victoria can continue to provide the vital services that people need. Can I take the opportunity to thank Cheryl and the entire team at Tullamarine neighbourhood house. I am looking forward to going back. They do some outstanding work.