Keppel MP Brittany Lauga.
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga.

Keppel MP fights for mums and bubs

FIGHTING BACK: Jemma Kirwan is fighting funding cutbacks for a mothers support group which could see the doors close at Girl's Time Out. Chris Ison ROK280115csupport1

BRITTANY Lauga is standing up, ready to fight for the rights of the region's young vulnerable mothers and children.

The State Member for Keppel is calling on the Federal Government to reconsider its decision to cut funding to support services for young mothers.

Ms Lauga is concerned a local support service for vulnerable young mothers provided by community organisation Girls Time Out will not continue as of June if the Federal Government proceeds with planned cuts.

She said the planned cuts were an example of the Abbott Government not listening and slashing local support services for vulnerable members of the community.

"Girls Time Out provides vital support to young mothers from disadvantaged backgrounds on welfare," Ms Lauga said.

"The service operates to support young mums to do the best they can for their children.

"This is another example of Tony Abbott's cuts hurting local people. Community organisations like Girls Time Out provide vital support to new mums doing it tough.

"Our community is enriched by the positive success stories that have come from organisations like Girls Time Out."

Participants of the Girls Time Out young mothers program are encouraged to learn new skills and take up education pathways to improve theirs and their children's lives.

Girls Time Out spokesperson Jemma Kirwan said the Federal Government cuts meant many families would be left without essential support, care and information.

"Girls Time Out relies on federal funding to provide local mums with support, care and information," Ms Kirwan said.

"We link government agencies to women and children in need and help young mums to become better mums and improve their lives."

Ms Lauga will meet with concerned mothers at Girls Time Out this morning.

The Morning Bulletin yesterday sought a response from Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry to Ms Lauga's claims, however a spokesperson for Ms Landry said she was unable to comment because she busy dealing with the cyclone recovery.

In January, Ms Landry said she had been in touch with the relevant Minister's office after becoming aware Girls Time out had been unsuccessful in re-bidding for funds after its contract had expired.

She was hopeful the Minister would seek to extend the program's funding until the end of June.

She said that during last year's funding round the department received more than 5500 applications for grants from organisations seeking nearly $4 billion.

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