Labor will reverse cuts to Cobaw Community Health

A Shorten Labor Government will provide $40 million over four years to emergency relief organisations across the country, including $210,000 to Cobaw Community Health Services.  


Scott Morrison and his Liberals are cutting funding for many emergency relief services at the end of this calendar year including Cobaw Community Health Services.  

This election will be a choice between a Shorten Labor Government with a plan to look after Australians doing it tough, and the Liberals who only look after the top end of town. 


Labor will reverse the Liberals’ heartless cuts to emergency relief organisations and provide a much needed funding boost to the sector. 


Over the next four years, Labor will provide a $210,000 to Cobaw Community Health Services so they can continue to deliver to services to the Macedon Ranges.  
Without this funding, Cobaw will be forced to turn away people seeking assistance or have to cut the services they offer. 


The charities and not-for-profits that do this work are increasingly stretched and need more resources.  


A Shorten Labor Government will also support Australians in financial hardship by:  


·         Doubling the number of financial counsellors across the country.   

·         Expanding low-cost alternatives to pay day loans for low-income Australians, providing safe and fair credit options when things get tough.  

·         Reversing the Morrison Government’s $5.5 million cut to emergency relief organisations across the country and providing a much needed top up to the emergency relief sector.  


Many vulnerable Australians are falling through the cracks. Labor will make sure our charities and not-for-profits have the resources they need to support our fellow Australians.  




Cobaw Community Health has been providing emergency relief services to the Macedon Ranges for 14 years, helping over 400 people in the last year alone.  


“The Macedon Ranges needs a long term funding solution so that emergency relief services can be delivered to those most vulnerable in our community.  


“The chaos surrounding social services funding needs to stop, and a Shorten Labor Government will put people ahead of big banks.” 




“Many people in the Macedon Ranges are doing it tough – many people live on fixed incomes, wages aren’t keeping pace with the cost of living and there are simply not enough good, secure jobs available. Across my electorate of Bendigo, hidden poverty is growing. 


“When the Liberals announced late last year that they planned to cut funding for Cobaw’s emergency relief program, I was horrified. Where would these people go?  


“Their program is about supporting people to cover the costs of basic necessities. Things like groceries, petrol, medications or that big winter electricity bill. 


“Emergency relief also provides a referral service for people who need financial counselling, housing support or health services.”