Abbott puts local projects in limbo - 30 November 2013

MEDIA RELEASE



ABBOTT GOVERNMENT PUTS LOCAL PROJECTS AT RISK

Local organisations are at risk of losing thousands of dollars in Commonwealth funding because of the Abbott Government cuts to the Building Multicultural Communities Program.

These grants were awarded under proper procedures and were fully funded in the 2013-14 Budget.  All successful recipients were notified of their successful application for funding and were expecting that funding to be released.

“Funding to community organisations in my electorate of Fraser is being cut by the Abbott Government,” said Andrew Leigh.

“These are organisations that empower communities to embrace the benefits of multiculturalism and maintain cohesive and socially inclusive neighbourhoods.”

“This is about supporting multiculturalism and organisations that are the backbone of local communities. Supporting racial equality should be above politics,” Dr Leigh said.

Local organisations that are at risk of losing funding include the Gungahlin Jets (planning a facility upgrade), Spielwelt German Parents Association (scout hall and preschool upgrade in in Belconnen) and the ACT Migrant and Refugee Settlement Service.

Dr Leigh said that Departmental officials are informing local organisations that their funding is now under review, despite the fact that the Government tabled the list of approved grants in the Parliament this month.

“There is no reason to cut these grants. They were awarded under proper procedures and were fully funded in the 2013-14 Budget.”

“Kevin Andrews is the Minister with responsibility; he should immediately release these funds without delay to these deserving organisations and let them get on with the job of serving our community.”

Saturday, 30 NOVEMBER 2013

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