3 April 2018
Sunraysia Daily, Mildura VIC
By Ashlee Falvo
THE plight for Mildura's Zoe Support to achieve ongoing funding reached State Parliament last week.
Shadow Minister for Families and Children Georgie Georgie Crozier Crozier joined Member for Mildura Peter Crisp in urging Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos to "take it seriously" and provide funding assistance to help keep the organisation afloat.
"The action I seek is that the minister takes this seriously and provides the funding assistance to Zoe Support so that they can go on and provide support to these many, many young women and their children," Ms Crozier said.
"The organisation is providing tremendous support ... it is working extremely well and getting some very good outcomes.
"We have had tragic cases in Mildura of unallocated cases and we do not want these women and their children falling through the gaps and becoming worse off in the child protection system."
Ms Crozier also expressed her disappointment that thus far, Zoe Support's pleas to parliament for funding assistance had received no response.
Zoe Support executive director Anne Webster said the organisation's board of directors were scheduled to make a decision about the sustainability and viability of the program in June 2018, based on the ability to secure ongoing funding.
"We couldn't be more thrilled that both Peter Crisp and Georgie Crozier have thrown their support behind Zoe and advocated for funding on our behalf," Ms Webster said.
"Given Georgie's background in midwifery, she really understands how important the work we do with young mothers and children in the region is.
"We can only hope that the message hits home soon, before it's too late for Zoe Support in Mildura."
A link to the Zoe Support website is HERE
The Sunraysia Daily is HERE
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