It is fantastic news that mental health services will continue in bushfire-affected communities now that East Gippsland Shire Council has secured $1.335 million in funding under a Resilience and Recovery Program 2022 grant.

The program is jointly funded by the Victorian and Australian governments under the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. It aims to strengthen mental health and resilience within the community. These services are crucial to rebuilding and protecting communities affected by the devastating 2019-20 Victorian bushfires.

Existing services had been at risk due to the ending of funding agreements for the area. This new round of funding will extend until 30th June 2024 and ensure communities have continued access to emotional well-being and mental health services.

“Without ongoing funding, the services would have finished on 31 December last year, so we’re pleased to see that funding has been extended for these services. It’s a significant outcome for the community and demand for service has not decreased”. – Mayor Cr Mark Reeves.

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