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The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester today announced Latrobe Community Health Service would receive more than $160,000 from the Federal Government to help people with gambling problems.

The funding would provide personal financial help for people across Gippsland under the Financial Wellbeing and Capability Activity grant program.

Mr Chester said Latrobe Community Health Service was among 65 organisations across Australia to receive funding under the program’s first round.

“This funding will give individuals a more stable financial future. It will help people navigate their way through their debt, learn how to better manage their money and become financially independent,” Mr Chester said.

“The Federal Government has made significant funding announcements, including for local community infrastructure and business grants, to support local jobs and liveability in our region, and to strengthen the economy.”

Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said the Financial Wellbeing and Capability Activity grant program would help Australians who were struggling financially.

“This funding will benefit both individuals and families in meeting immediate needs in times of crisis and teaching financial management skills for the long-term,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Funding will provide financial counselling for problem gamblers, financial literacy and no interest loans of up to $1,500, which enable people on low incomes to purchase essential household items.”

Further Financial Wellbeing and Capability Activity grants will be announced for Emergency Relief, Food Relief, Commonwealth Financial Counselling and Financial Capability and Financial Counselling Helpline services.

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