Cassowary Coast residents can continue to seek vital support at times when they need it most, thanks to more than $540 000 in Bligh Government funding.

Community Services Minister Karen Struthers said over the next three years the Tully Support Centre would receive almost $300 000, while Innisfail’s Community Support Centre would receive more than $240 000.

“The Bligh Government is pleased to provide this funding to two important local services that have done so much for so many individuals, families and children in the region,” she said. 

“The Tully Support Centre will use the funding to support its daily operation which involves crisis intervention, advocacy and information, and referral services.

“Funding for the Innisfail’s Community Support Centre will assist with the provision of a range of educational, therapeutic and support programs for people in need.

Funds for the Cassowary Coast have been allocated as part of a $3.94 million three-year package for community support services from Cape York to Tully.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the funding would help the organisations to plan ahead with confidence.

“Both organisations have developed positive working relationships within their communities, particularly with local Indigenous and multicultural residents,” Mr Pitt said.

“It’s important that the community knows it can rely on the services provided by these local organisations and that dedicated staff and volunteers will be there when they’re needed.

“This funding also supports the Bligh Government’s Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland target of supporting safe and caring communities.”