Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    MercyCare benefits from Lotterywest grant

    7/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • Minister presents $1.5million Lotterywest grant to MercyCare
    • Funds to go towards major upgrades to support community services

    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today presented $1,496,213 in funding to MercyCarefor a significant technology upgrade.


    “The State Government is proud to support socially minded and community supportive organisations like MercyCare,” Mrs McSweeney said.


    “That is why in last year’s State Budget we increased funding to the not-for-profit sector by an unprecedented $600million over four years.


    “This organisation provides an invaluable service to an enormous number of people in Western Australia and its contribution is greatly appreciated.”


    The Minister presented the Lotterywest cheque to MercyCare’s chief executive Chris Hall.


    “Lotterywest is a fantastic organisation which provides invaluable support to the WA community and MercyCare is genuinely thrilled that it has supplied us with the means to upgrade our computer network and IT systems,” Mr Hall said.


    “The upgrade will allow us to improve our business and service activities across Perth through the effective and efficient use of new technology and improve the storage of client details, reduce down time and enable future expansion of our services.”


    MercyCare works in close partnership with the Department for Child Protection to provide out of home care services for children and young people, including foster care, family group homes and intensive in-home family support. In addition, specialist homelessness services are provided for young people who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness.


    Lotterywest is a State Government statutory authority and the funds raised are directly distributed to community organisations making a real difference to West Australians.


    In 2011-12, Lotterywest provided $117.8million in direct grants to 1,333 community and charitable organisations.


          Fact File

    • MercyCare is a leading Catholic provider of hospital, health, aged care, family and community services
    • It provides services directly to over 25,000 people and impact on the lives of over 100,000 people in the community each year

    Minister’s office - 6552 6500



    Photo caption: Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney and MercyCare chief executive Chris Hall receiving the Lotterywest cheque for close to $1.5million