A vital support service for women and families escaping domestic and family violence in Queanbeyan will be enhanced as part of a state-wide funding boost to help more victims access critical help.
Deputy Premier and Nationals Member for Monaro John Barilaro welcomed the news and said more than $89,000 has been secured by Molonglo Support Services to improve its crisis accommodation.
“This grant will not only ensure the incredible staff and volunteers at Molonglo Support Service have the resources they need, but will assist in making women and children feel safe and welcome,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This funding will see the outside area completely revamped with an upgraded playground, new patio and the existing fencing completely replaced. Inside, the flooring in the kitchen and storage room will be replaced and walls revamped with a lick of paint, while the windows at the accommodation will be replaced.
“Molonglo Support Service plays a crucial role in the community and it absolutely vital that the support and facilities are there for women and families when they reach out for help.
“I’d also like to thank the incredible staff and volunteers at Molonglo Support Service for the work that they do changing people’s lives for the better every day.”
Molonglo Support Service Executive Officer Janette Dale said the funding will make a significant difference.
“This grant will increase the options for group activities and provide a space for women to relax while watching their children play,” Ms Dale said.
“Escaping domestic and family violence, the women and children who enter the service are often traumatised by earlier events. Improving this environment will help reduce their anxiety and lead to more successful outcomes for everyone involved.”
The funding was secured through the COVID-19 Sexual, Domestic and Family Violence Infrastructure Program, funded by the NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments.
For confidential advice, support and referrals, contact: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), The NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 65 64 63) or Men’s Referral Service (1300 766 491).