Local emergency relief provider Esperance Care Services Inc (ECS) will benefit from an increase in funding over the next four years, according to Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson.
ECS provides emergency relief, advocacy and referral services and supports those experiencing poverty, hardship or suffering.
The organisation is set to receive $308,250 over four and a half years in emergency relief funding, an increase of $29,903 per year.
“I’ve visited them numerous times and seen first hand the efficiency of the organisation and the hard work of its volunteers,” Mr Wilson said.
“It’s due to the dedication of those volunteers which keeps the costs of the organisation low and ensures funding is spent where it’s needed most.”
The funding is part of a $204.5 million investment into 185 organisations to provide emergency relief to Australia’s most vulnerable.
“The Liberal-National Government’s investment in these essential services improves outcomes for vulnerable families and children and helps to build strong and resilient communities,” Mr Wilson said.
“Over 530,000 disadvantaged Australians were helped through this relief last year—providing a vital lifeline during times of crisis, such as illness, family violence or natural disasters such as the drought.”
This assistance can be in the form of food parcels, clothes, bedding, household items, vouchers for utilities and supermarkets, and can include referrals to services for mental health, crisis housing, drug and alcohol issues or financial counselling.
The funding builds on $123.5 million in Government funding to deliver a range of other vital services from 1 January 2019, including financial counselling, access to microfinance and help for problem gamblers.