Australian Defence Force families who have provided essential support to the defence community have received a funding boost under the Federal Government’s Family Support Funding Program.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the Puckapunyal and District Neighbourhood Centre would receive $39,300 under the program, which enables defence families to connect and interact with each other and the community in a variety of ways.

“Defence families make significant sacrifices and this funding will go a long way to ensure they are supported and connected with the local community in Puckapunyal and nearby communities,” Mr Drum said.

“I congratulate Puckapunyal and District Neighbourhood Centre, which I know will do great work supporting defence families through increased engagement, emotional support and personal and professional development, as well as networking and friendship-building opportunities.”

The Puckapunyal and District Neighbourhood Centre is one of nine not-for-profit organisations to receive funding. All had been affected by the challenges of this year and last to provide programs and activities that support the wellbeing of ADF families.

The funding provided through the FSFP is available to community organisations to deliver support and services of value to defence families and the community they live in.

The grants program is managed by Defence Community Organisation, which provides a wide range of assistance for Defence families.

Relevant parties can contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 for information on accessing community resources.

For more information visit the Defence Community Organisation website.

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