Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan)
Incorporated pursuant to order of Council of 7 September:
I would like to give a shout out to Ben Rodgers and the Inner North Community Foundation for the financial support they’ve provided local communities in my electorate.
The foundation raised $500,000 to support 150 community groups affected by the pandemic in 2020. Neighbourhood houses, disability groups, even a community garden were the beneficiaries of this support.
I am excited to help Ben and his team launch their new ‘Baker’s Dozen Social Justice fund’.
The fund is possible through a bequest left by Dr Christopher Baker and Ms Kerri Hall. They bequeathed their Brunswick property, which will deliver $3.3 million to the foundation, which will be invested in perpetuity.
This will provide $120,000 worth of grants each year to those living and working in the Inner North who contribute to transformational and sustainable change.
The Inner North Foundation shows what’s possible when a community comes together. Congratulations to Ben and the team on the establishment of their new fund, and I look forward to working with them to find more ways to invest in the inner north.