Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund supporting WA’s Indian community

    19/08/2020 10:00 AM
    • Indian Society of WA receives $188,000 to provide food and financial aid to community members in need
    • ISWA has seen a significant rise in requests for support due to COVID-19 

    The Indian Society of WA (ISWA) has received funding of $188,000 from the McGowan Government's Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund.


    The funding will enable ISWA to assist people who are experiencing financial hardship and food stress across Western Australia due to COVID-19.


    ISWA is currently receiving up to 40 new requests each day for assistance. The funding will be used to provide food packs, financial assistance for accommodation and basic living costs for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19.


    This includes meals cooked and delivered by volunteers to vulnerable seniors in self-isolation.


    The McGowan Government, through Lotterywest, has committed $159 million to a COVID-19 Relief Fund to respond to the hardship being experienced by the Western Australian community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


    Lotterywest's COVID-19 Relief Fund is helping to meet costs related to increased demand for crisis relief services impacted by COVID-19.


    For more information about approved Lotterywest grants, and the COVID-19 Relief Fund, visit http://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Since March this year, the Indian Society of WA has received numerous requests from students and seniors seeking assistance as a result of COVID-19.


    "Western Australia's diverse Indian communities have been tirelessly supporting those in need including international students, seniors and others who have been impacted by the pandemic.


    "I thank the Indian Society of WA for their commitment to helping those who are struggling, and for their contribution to the State's COVID-19 recovery.


    "Western Australia is fortunate to be home to many flourishing Indian communities originating not only from India, but all around the globe."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600