St Vincent De Paul volunteers Dia Beekman, Danny Murphy, Trish Seaby and (front) centre coordinator Shirley Molloy.
St Vincent De Paul volunteers Dia Beekman, Danny Murphy, Trish Seaby and (front) centre coordinator Shirley Molloy. Emma Channon

Helping the helpers

THEY are the organisations who are always ready to extend a hand of help when times are tough.

Now, five community groups across the Southern Downs will receive a helping hand themselves, with more than $440,000 worth of funding coming their way.

The funding comes under the federal government’s Financial Management Program.

Federal LNP Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott welcomed the grant, which tallied nearly $2 million for organisations within Maranoa. The Southern Downs groups will receive $445,123.

“This is welcome news for communities across the Maranoa electorate who are still recovering from the flooding through 2010 and 2011,” Mr Scott said.

“I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of the people who support others across the electorate through these services.

“The program aims to build financial resilience and wellbeing for vulnerable people and those most-at-risk of financial and social exclusion.

“Emergency relief funding helps organisations to provide assistance such as food or petrol vouchers, household goods and offer advocacy services.”



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