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Safe Access Zones passes WA Parliament
12th Aug 2021
Safe Access Zones passes WA Parliament

Landmark legislation has now passed through WA Parliament, ensuring that women seeking an abortion can have safe and private access to health services without fear of harassment or intimidation. The Public Health Amendment (Safe Access Zones) Bill will provide for a safe access zone which will include the protected premises and any area within 150 …

Queens Park to be site of interim youth mental health and homelessness service
12th Aug 2021
Queens Park to be site of interim youth mental health and homelessness service

Mental Health Minister Stephen Dawson today marked International Youth Day by announcing a new $129.9 million youth mental health package at an interim eight-bed Youth Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Homelessness Service in Queens Park. The interim service will use existing facilities that are being repurposed to provide transitional supported accommodation for young …

Boorloo Bidee Mia homelessness service opens in Perth CBD
5th Aug 2021
Boorloo Bidee Mia homelessness service opens in Perth CBD

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has officially launched the new Boorloo Bidee Mia homelessness service for people sleeping rough in the Perth metropolitan area. The transitional accommodation facility at 300 Wellington Street, secured by the Department of Communities with a three-year lease, will provide support for up to 100 adult rough sleepers, including tailored care …

Awards celebrate outstanding young people with care experience
4th Aug 2021
Awards celebrate outstanding young people with care experience

Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk has congratulated the 31 recipients of this year’s Achiever Awards. The Achiever Award program highlights the education and training achievements of young Western Australians aged 15 to 25 who have spent time in out-of-home care. Eleven of this year’s award recipients are indigenous. Winners receive a certificate and trophy honouring …

Medical Respite Centre for Homeless – a first for Western Australia
3rd Aug 2021
Medical Respite Centre for Homeless – a first for Western Australia

The McGowan Government has today announced the State’s first Medical Respite Centre – setting a new benchmark for providing medical care and support services for the homeless. The $4.4 million allocated for two years of operation will allow the concept of a 24/7 Medical Respite Centre to address the current gap in caring for people …

Applications to open for new $6 million homelessness fund
1st Aug 2021
Applications to open for new $6 million homelessness fund

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has marked the start of Homelessness Week 2021 with an announcement about the McGowan Government co-funding initiatives to address homelessness in local communities. Under the new $6 million Local Government Partnership Fund for Homelessness, the State Government will provide one-off financial co-contributions to projects that are identified and led by …

Water deficiency declarations revoked in the Shire of Esperance
14th Jul 2021
Water deficiency declarations revoked in the Shire of Esperance

Improved water availability has allowed Western Australia’s two remaining water deficiency declarations to be revoked in the Shire of Esperance.  This follows an unprecedented period in WA, where the McGowan Government has supported farmers by providing emergency livestock water through 12 water deficiency declarations since May 2019. Recent rainfall across the State’s south has provided …

Grants awarded to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations
9th Jul 2021
Grants awarded to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations

Nineteen Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) across Western Australia will benefit from a share of $850,000 in grants aimed at building their business capabilities and ability to be more competitive in an open market.   Projects being funded include training and development of organisation boards in the Wheatbelt, Metropolitan, Murchison and Kimberley regions, operational planning, …

New 100-bed homelessness facility to open in Perth CBD
6th Jul 2021
New 100-bed homelessness facility to open in Perth CBD

The McGowan Government is delivering on its commitment to establish a new 100-bed homelessness service to provide an immediate and culturally appropriate response to rough sleeping in the Perth central business district. The Department of Communities has secured a lease for 300 Wellington Street in Perth to provide transitional accommodation and supports for up to …

Family violence shuttle conferencing gets underway
5th Jul 2021
Family violence shuttle conferencing gets underway

Parties to contested family violence restraining order (FVRO) matters need no longer sit in the same courtroom under a reform which has commenced in the Perth Magistrates Court. Shuttle conferencing – where a Magistrates Court Registrar shuttles between separate rooms at the court – can enable the parties to reach an agreement without having to …