Help for young parents in Mackay and Townsville

Disadvantaged parents of young children in Townsville and Mackay will soon have access to the training and support they need to become work ready, thanks to the Liberal National Government’s decision to expand the successful ParentsNext program. The best form of welfare is a job and we are focused on helping more parents of young children into work and off welfare. After successful pilots, the Government is rolling out ParentsNext nationally, to connect more parents of young children with personalised support to improve their work readiness by the time their children start school. 20 new locations have been selected for the next rollout of this program, and both Townsville and Mackay are included.

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$15 million for cyclone community recovery

THE announcement of almost $15 million in Category C community recovery funding for Local Government Areas (LGAs) including Mackay, Whitsunday, Isaac and Rockhampton is a sensible support step for those who have been adversely affected by Cyclone Debbie. This further level of Category C Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) funding provides for such initiatives as a personal support program to provide counselling for those experiencing personal and emotional difficulties, and financial counselling for those adjusting to changed financial circumstances. Another important element of this additional funding will be the provision of specialist mental health services and support for those experiencing severe distress and mental health disorders. It can be particularly appropriate for those with existing mental health problems (including children), and for emergency responders.

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