Local services for children, young people, families and communities in the Barwon electorate will continue to support families and communities to overcome complex challenges, Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries has announced.

Services in Barwon will receive an extension of $5.8 million in funding until mid-2017 for targeted earlier intervention and intensive programs.

This funding is part of the NSW government's $233 million commitment to intervening early-to-address issues in families which put children at risk of harm and increase the likelihood of entering the child protection system.

"These services work with their clients to help them before they reach crisis points in their lives and to avoid the need for involvement by the statutory child protection system," said Mr Humphries.

"Extending funding to mid-2017 will provide certainty for our community partners that provide important services like case management, parenting programs and domestic violence support."

Mr Humphries said there are 46 existing services across the electorate that will receive funding, including Barnardos Australia, Bourke Youth Centre, Far West Community Legal Centre, Gilgandra Shire Council, Maari Ma Health, Home-Start Western Area, Mackillop Rural Community Services and Murdi Paaki. Between now and 2017 the NSW government through the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) will work closely with these service providers to codesign an improved targeted earlier intervention service system in NSW.

"It is important that the reach and impact of earlier intervention programs is maximised so families and communities have better outcomes," said Mr Humphries.

Projects awarded a share in the $5.8 million funding extension in the Gilgandra and district area will include:

  • Barnardos Australia - $146,279 Gilgandra and Warrumbungle Family Strengthening Service.
  • Gilgandra Shire Council - $100,171 Adolescent Support Project and $74,085 Youth Club Project Officer.
  • Mission Australia - $201,508 Barwon Family Support and $124,527 Castlereagh Family Support.
  • Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corp Ltd - $252,198 Coonamble and Gulargambone, Youth Service

(This article was first published in the Gilgandra Weekly.)