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INTEGRATED KING ISLAND COMMUNITY FACILITIES TO BECOME A REALITY

March 21, 2018

The delivery of vital community programs from the new Phoenix Community Complex will commence following the allocation of a $487,500 grant under the Commonwealth Government Strong and Resilient Communities Activity Program (SARC).

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “This funding will allow for the delivery of programs including but not limited to;

  • Addressing obesity through early intervention, mentoring and support,
  • Improving the work skills of unemployed people through the Mens Shed and Community Garden,
  • Raising awareness of social, cultural, and ethnic discrimination and,
  • Supporting people with mental health and disabilities through the development of life skills and community participation.

 

“These projects largely arose from the March 2017 King Island Community Survey conducted by Phoenix House that highlighted an unmet need in many areas.

“Other research such as the Tasmanian Population Health Survey and Department of Health and Human Services Epidemiology Unit Data highlight King Island has a disproportionate number of chronic health issues relative to mainland Tasmania.

Justine Keay said, “The co-location of Phoenix Community House, King Island Men’s Shed and King Island Community Garden on a single site has long been the vision of the Phoenix Community House.

“This has now become a reality and the SARC funding of $487,500 will allow for new community programs to be delivered from a single site.

“Phoenix Community Complex will also work with key stakeholders such as visiting service providers, King Island Hospital and Health Centre, King Island District High School and King Island Policy in the delivery of programs from the new complex.

“Federal Labor supports the SARC program as a way for communities to build strong resilient and harmonious communities.

‘The Management Committee of Phoenix Community House is to be congratulated for their vision and hard work in bringing the King Island community together.”

  

THURSDAY 22 MARCH 2018

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