Federal Member For Banks
Shadow Minister for Communications


Many local communities in Banks will benefit significantly thanks to a Morrison Government investment of almost $350,000 for a range of local projects and activities, Minister Paul Fletcher and local Member David Coleman announced today.

Federal Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said that this funding would provide high quality social support, interaction and integration for all sections of the community.

“This funding will benefit diverse range of members of the Banks community – and provide opportunities for enriching social interaction and activity,” said Mr Fletcher.

The funding for organisations and projects include:

  • $57,008 to St George’s Hurstville Anglican Church for ESL Classes, Playgroups, a Youth Program and a New Migrant Program           
  • $50,000 to Riverwood Community Centre for a Fitness for Wellbeing and Late Night Drop-in Project
  • $50,000 to the Australian Macedonian Council of New South Wales for the Future Community Leaders Program
  • $50,000 to the Australian Macedonian Council of New South Wales to support older CALD Australians in NSW
  • $45,000 to the Jubilee Arts for Mental Health to invest in art classes for those experiencing mental health issues
  • $40,000 to the NSW Chapter of the Vietnamese Community in Australia for  a “Get Active” program
  • $25,000 to Resourceful Australian Indian Network for a Social Enterprise Project
  • $25,000 to the Inner Journey Ministry
  • $6,500 to Coolaburoo Neighbourhood Centre for a community mural

Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman MP said that these programs will bring the community closer together.

“This funding will seek new ways to bring members of the community together and achieve a greater sense of belonging.”

Mr Coleman said the investment demonstrated the Morrison Government’s significant commitment to the future of Banks.

“This is funding for our area, as directed by the needs of our area, for the benefit of our area”.

“People thrive in well-functioning communities and I am proud that the Morrison Government recognises the vital importance of cohesion in our communities”, Mr Coleman said.