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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


The Bathurst-based Centacare organisation has received support from the NSW Government to continue the delivery of their important social services support to vulnerable people.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole met with Centacare’s Robert George and Annette Meyers to announce funding of $100,000 as targeted financial relief for the organisation.

Mr Toole said Centacare was established in Bathurst in 1988 to provide a range of social welfare services to children and families across the Catholic Diocese.

“For more than a decade the NSW Government has provided funding for Centacare to work with vulnerable and disadvantaged families with young children,” he said.

“The organisation’s early intervention programs are designed to help these families thrive.

“The funding boost is part of the NSW Government’s $50 million Social Sector Support Fund, which is delivering a range of targeted financial assistance to organisations working across the social services and animal welfare sectors.

According to Robert George from Centacare Bathurst, the Social Sector Support Funding they have just received will further enhance the range of activities and initiatives that they provide for families in the region.

“We believe that investment in the early years of children is critical to their future,” he said.

“We thank the NSW Government for their ongoing commitment to families in our region, stretching from Bathurst to Lithgow and across the Central West.”

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said the program would assist organisations to retain jobs, meet emergency needs and secure business continuity.

“The social services sector in NSW is incredibly diverse and includes organisations working across child and family services, domestic violence, homelessness, housing, and disability support,” Mr Henskens said.

“It will help ease the financial burden as we transition out of COVID-19 restrictions and ensure organisations can adapt to unexpected changes and maintain continuity of the important services they deliver.”

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