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THE Patterson Lakes Community Centre is set to receive a funding boost from the state government, with nearly $15,000 of ratepayers’ money to be directed to the centre.

The centre is one of 162 community houses that will share in a $21.8 million investment announced last week.

Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny said that neighbourhood houses are a “wonderful part of Victoria”.

“From gardening lessons to IT training, there’s always support, advice and a helping hand to be found at neighbourhood houses. It is wonderful to be able to increase their funding,” Ms Kilkenny said.

The funding is set to be used to pay for staff to provide extra coordination hours. These additional hours may be used for language classes, computer tutoring, health and well-being activities, life skills lessons, self-help groups and occasional childcare.

Kingston Council allocated $29,000 in funding to the centre last year for repairs after the building was damaged in a fire.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 29 August 2018

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