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Target 120 Albany transitions to Aboriginal leadership
3rd Dec 2021
Target 120 Albany transitions to Aboriginal leadership

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has today announced Gorenang Moortabiin Aboriginal Engagement and Community Development as the successful grant recipient to lead delivery of the renewed Target 120 program in Albany.   The Great Southern-based program for at-risk young people aged between 10 to 14 years and their families recently commenced after Gorenang Moortabiin was …

McGowan Government delivers expanded Peel therapeutic refuge
2nd Dec 2021
McGowan Government delivers expanded Peel therapeutic refuge

The McGowan Government has delivered on its commitment to double accommodation capacity at the Warlang Bidi women’s refuge in Peel. Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk today officially opened and toured the $2 million refuge expansion which was funded through the WA Recovery Plan to provide additional support for women and children …

Respectful Relationships to promote equality in additional schools
1st Dec 2021
Respectful Relationships to promote equality in additional schools

Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk has today visited Kinross Primary School to highlight the delivery of the Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program in Western Australian schools, during the State Government’s 16 Days in WA campaign to prevent family and domestic violence. The program is open to all public schools in WA. …

McGowan Government delivers expanded Kwinana refuge
26th Nov 2021
McGowan Government delivers expanded Kwinana refuge

The McGowan Government has delivered on its commitment to double accommodation capacity at the Andrea Mia Women’s Refuge in Kwinana.   Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk today officially opened and toured the $2 million refuge expansion, which was funded through the WA Recovery Plan to provide additional support for women and …

New 16 Days in WA campaign: ‘Don’t be silent’ on violence
25th Nov 2021
New 16 Days in WA campaign: ‘Don’t be silent’ on violence

The McGowan Government has today launched its fifth annual 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign, which urges Western Australians: ‘Don’t be silent when you see violence’.   The campaign encourages bystanders to speak up when they see violence or disrespect towards women, and aims to educate people on how they can …

New Commissioner for Children and Young People appointed
17th Nov 2021
New Commissioner for Children and Young People appointed

Attorney General John Quigley is pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline McGowan-Jones to the office of Commissioner for Children and Young People.   Ms McGowan-Jones takes over from Mr Colin Pettit, who was appointed to the role in 2015.   Mr Pettit has been a strong advocate for Western Australia’s children and young people …

$13 million household energy efficiency pilot program launched
10th Nov 2021
$13 million household energy efficiency pilot program launched

Energy Minister Bill Johnston and Community Services Minister Simone McGurk today launched the Household Energy Efficiency Scheme pilot program at Anglicare’s Hardship Utility Grant Scheme service centre in Midland. The program is designed to equip 10,000 of Western Australia’s most vulnerable people with the tools and knowledge to make their homes more energy efficient and …

Aboriginal legal service sought to tackle family violence
5th Nov 2021
Aboriginal legal service sought to tackle family violence

The Western Australian Government is seeking an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation to provide a family violence prevention legal service in the Perth metropolitan area. A tender process is underway for a service which provides culturally sensitive, legal and related services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are experiencing or recovering from family violence or …

Lotterywest grant to support Fitzroy Valley women and families
2nd Nov 2021
Lotterywest grant to support Fitzroy Valley women and families

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has presented a Lotterywest grant of $736,000 to the Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre to support women and families in the Fitzroy Valley. The grant will enable the Aboriginal Corporation to purchase two new vehicles, complete building refurbishments and create an outdoor community space to support vulnerable people in the region. …

McGowan Government delivers payment boost for grandcarers
31st Oct 2021
McGowan Government delivers payment boost for grandcarers

Western Australian grandcarers will benefit from a significant boost to the payments they receive under the Grandcarers Support Scheme after the McGowan Government delivered on its election commitment to increase their financial support. Grandparents who are caring for grandchildren and registered under the Grandcarers Support Scheme will now receive $1,000 per annum for each child …