ROCHESTER Community House will be able to continue its vital work thanks to a funding boost from the state government.
The increase will fund an additional five hours per week for the house, increasing from 20 hours to 25.
Rochester Community House coordinator Amanda Logie said she was delighted by the news.
‘‘We received a phone call last month from Mark Gepp’s office saying we’d be funded,’’ she said.
‘‘While it may not necessarily mean increased opening hours, it will fund us to keep doing what we’re doing.’’
Amanda thanked Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh, who has been an ally of Rochester.
‘‘He has been a voice backing us, so this was fantastic news for us,’’ she said.
‘‘Nine years ago we were only funded for 10 hours a week.
‘‘This makes me really proud of what we’ve achieved, so we can continue to grow and give more to the community.’’
As part of the state budget for 2018/19, the Labour government will invest $21.8 million across the neighbourhood house network so that more families can access the activities and services they need and want, closer to home.
An estimated 188,000 people visit a neighbourhood house or use their services every week.
This boost will ensure neighbourhood houses can continue to provide the vital childcare, employment, training and volunteering services people need.
‘‘We back neighbourhood houses – they’re the heart of any community,’’ Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said.
“This is a boost that will have a real impact on all those connected to neighbourhood houses, whether it be their staff, their volunteers or the people that visit them.”