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Big things to grow in community gardens thanks to latest grants
16th Jun 2021
Big things to grow in community gardens thanks to latest grants

Thirteen community garden projects will receive funds through the latest round of the State Government’s Community Gardens Grants Program. Grants distributed through the program support the establishment of sustainable and edible community gardens in Western Australia to enable people to participate more actively in community life. The Community Gardens Grants Program, facilitated by the Department …

End of the road for offensive and demeaning slogans on vehicles Wednesday, 2 June 2021
2nd Jun 2021
End of the road for offensive and demeaning slogans on vehicles Wednesday, 2 June 2021

The McGowan Government will introduce legislation to ban offensive, sexist and demeaning slogans from vehicles on WA roads. The proposed changes to the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Act 2012 will allow vehicle licences to be cancelled or refused if vehicles display offensive material. Similar legislation has been introduced across other States including Queensland, Tasmania, New South Wales …

Target 120 Kununurra transitions to Aboriginal leadership Tuesday, 1 June 2021
1st Jun 2021
Target 120 Kununurra transitions to Aboriginal leadership Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has welcomed the transition of Target 120’s East Kimberley site to being led by an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) as an important milestone for the program. Target 120 supports young people who are at risk of becoming repeat offenders to steer them away from a lifetime of interacting with …

State Government acts to address overrepresentation of Aboriginal kids in care
26th May 2021
State Government acts to address overrepresentation of Aboriginal kids in care

The McGowan Government has announced Mirrabooka as the metropolitan location for the Western Australian trial of Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making (AFLDM), as well as $10.3 million in additional funding to extend the Aboriginal In-Home Support Service (AISS). Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson have also recognised National Sorry Day, …

$14.5 million boost for community and mental health services
25th May 2021
$14.5 million boost for community and mental health services

The McGowan Government has delivered almost $15 million in funding increases and extended contracts for 12 months to ensure the continuation of important community and mental health services through the COVID-19 recovery. Contracts for eligible providers have been extended to June 30 next year to ensure critical and in-demand community services continue to support vulnerable …

$2.4 million for Housing First rollout in Mandurah and Rockingham
19th May 2021
$2.4 million for Housing First rollout in Mandurah and Rockingham

The State Government has awarded a $2.4 million contract to deliver accommodation and linked support services to people experiencing homelessness in the Mandurah-Rockingham area to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre (St Pat’s). Over the next five years, St Pat’s will receive $2.4 million to lead a specialist consortium group delivering place-based and culturally safe services …

$7.9 million in grants awarded to family violence support services
11th May 2021
$7.9 million in grants awarded to family violence support services

Community service organisations that provide frontline supports to people experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence will share in approximately $7.9 million in grants funded through the Commonwealth’s National Partnership Agreement on COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Responses. The 30 grants will be distributed to organisations that deliver the services required to respond …

Geraldton to host Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making pilot
5th May 2021
Geraldton to host Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making pilot

The Mid-West-Gascoyne region has been announced as the first of two locations for the Western Australian trial of Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making (AFLDM). Under the pilot, independent Aboriginal convenors will facilitate a culturally safe process to support Aboriginal families to make decisions on how to keep their children safe and connected to their community. …

Redress for Fairbridge survivors
24th Mar 2021
Redress for Fairbridge survivors

Applications from survivors placed at Pinjarra’s Fairbridge farm school by a government, who suffered abuse as children, will now be considered under the National Redress Scheme. Difficulties in determining who would fund the Fairbridge survivors under the National Redress Scheme have been resolved. The State and Commonwealth governments have agreed to act together as ‘funder …