Nov 26, 2013

Multicultural funding threatened

Vital funding for multicultural programs across the Inner West is in danger of falling victim to Tony Abbott’s axe.

Earlier this year, the former Labor Government delivered $100 000 in grants for community organisations in Grayndler through the Building Multicultural Communities Program.

Worst hit will be Addison Road Community Centre, home to 22 separate organisations with a combined 22 000 visitors each week, which could see these vicious cuts take away $60 000 to upgrade its main hall. 

Australians were promised a ‘government of no surprises’, but without warning multicultural organisations are being threatened with Tony Abbott’s axe.

This funding was delivered in the budget and grant recipients had been notified by the Department that their funding was on the way. Suddenly, in recent days they have been told their funding is now “under review” – code for “about to be cut”.

Grants recipients under threat:

 

ADDISON ROAD   CENTRE FOR ARTS, CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT LTD $60,000
APIA LEICHHARDT   TIGERS FOOTBALL CLUB INC $8,900
ASHBURY BOWLING   & PANARCADIAN FED CLUB LTD $9,823
CHINESE MIGRANT   WELFARE ASSOCIATION INC $10,000
ETHNIC CHILD   CARE, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES CO-OPERATIVE LTD $2,264
SYDNEY LATIN   AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL INC $8,910