ACT Budget / Broadcast facilities trump homelessness

FAMILIES ACT is disappointed that the ACT Budget has allocated $11.6 million to upgrade Manuka Oval’s broadcasting facilities, which overshadows the $1 million to homelessness services. 

Families ACT Executive Officer Will Mollison says the money committed for new media and broadcasting facilities at Manuka Oval shows that there is money to be spent in the ACT, and we should be directing more to services that support the growing number of homeless Canberra families.

“We congratulate the Treasurer on the ACT’s improved Budget position, and believe this should be reflected in addressing the growing gap between those who enjoy Canberra’s prosperity and liveability, and those at the bottom of the ladder,” Mr Mollison says.

“It’s winter in Canberra, and while women escaping domestic violence are sleeping in cars with their children, we are still waiting for a strategy to address homelessness and housing affordability. The community sector has been asking for action for three years, and in that time the number of people without safe shelter continues to grow.”

On a positive note, Families ACT is glad to see the ACT Government has listened to concerns from community organisations and child health professionals about the need to provide greater mental health support for children in the Middle Years, those aged 8-12.

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