$1.7m boost for Neighbourhood Houses

Garden volunteer Yogi Glover helps Premier Will Hodgman to pot some plants. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

Garden volunteer Yogi Glover helps Premier Will Hodgman to pot some plants. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

FAMILIES who cannot afford healthy food will benefit from the state government's $1.7 million investment in Neighbourhood and Community Houses.

Premier Will Hodgman made the funding announcement yesterday at the Northern Suburbs Community Centre at Rocherlea.

"Tasmania's 34 Neighbourhood Houses provide lifeblood to many communities through a network of co-ordinators and volunteers," he said.

"Our government is providing every house with an additional one-off funding injection of $50,000 which will impact positively on communities."

Tasmanian Association of Community Houses executive officer John Hooper said the money might be used to upskill support staff, bring in financial administration staff, or to invest in solar panels.

He said greater numbers of people were accessing community gardens to provide their families with fruit and vegetables.

"Houses may spend $6000 to $8000 of their core precious funds on power," Mr Hooper said.

"To use this in a long-term investment will mean they have $6000 a year extra for future projects."

Rocherlea community house manager Denise Delphin said the gardens provided a peaceful place for people to work side by side to grow food.

She said vegetable gate sales, where home-grown produce was sold at low prices, and vegetable boxes filled with an assortment of in-season produce delivered to those who needed it, enhanced access to nutritious food.

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