More Victorians will have access to jobs and important services in the Mildura region thanks to an Andrews Labor Government grant program.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced that Christie Centre Inc would receive $20,849.00 funding towards new equipment and upgrades.
The investment will allow the business to upgrade its irrigation system and purchase a small golf cart to improve its service delivery.
The funding will also allow it to increase the speed and access to all terrains for seed collecting, maintenance and safely transporting heavy items.
Christie Centre Inc is one of 32 social enterprises sharing in more than $1 million under the Labor Government’s Social Enterprise Support Grants Program.
Under the program, the Government is supporting social enterprises to buy plant, machinery or equipment worth up to $50,000.
The investments will be used to grow their businesses, hire more staff, and deliver greater impact to the community.
Social enterprises put people before profits and trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment.
They are major employers, providing approximately 60,000 Victorians with meaningful work and contributing over $5.2 billion to the state’s economy annually.
The Government supports a thriving social enterprise sector that creates more jobs, delivers social and economic benefits, and supplies quality and diverse goods and services.
Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP
“Social enterprises do an amazing job supporting Victorians, our communities and our environment. This funding will help the Christie Centre grow and deliver even greater benefit to the Mildura community.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford
“These grants provided direct funding so social enterprises can buy practical equipment for their growth and financial sustainability.”
“There are currently more than 3500 social enterprises trading across metropolitan and regional Victoria employing an estimated 60,000 people. The more we can support these businesses, the more value they can provide to our communities.”