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State Government invests in expanded Mandurah Common Ground
8th Sep 2021
State Government invests in expanded Mandurah Common Ground

The McGowan Government today announced the 2021-22 State Budget will include $28.1 million for an expanded Common Ground facility to accommodate and support vulnerable people in Mandurah.   The funding will enable the construction of an anticipated 50-apartment complex in Mandurah that couples safe and permanent housing with tailored support services to help people with …

Prioritising every child’s safety this National Child Protection Week
6th Sep 2021
Prioritising every child’s safety this National Child Protection Week

National Child Protection Week (September 5-11) has launched for 2021, with a theme of ‘every child, in every community, needs a fair go’.   The annual campaign is coordinated by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) and champions the protection of all Australian children regardless of circumstance or background.   …

Ground-breaking WA strategy to combat sexual violence
4th Sep 2021
Ground-breaking WA strategy to combat sexual violence

Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk, Attorney General John Quigley and Health Minister Roger Cook have commissioned Western Australia’s first strategy aimed at combating the scourge of sexual violence and improving the experience of survivors.   Sexual violence has a significant and lasting impact on victims, their families and the wider community.   A whole-of-government approach …

New Charter of Rights to empower parents, children and families
2nd Sep 2021
New Charter of Rights to empower parents, children and families

Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk has today welcomed the launch of the Charter of Rights for Parents and Families, which clearly sets out the rights of children, parents and families involved in statutory child protection matters. The Charter was developed through a partnership between the Family Inclusion Network of WA (FinWA) and the Department of …

Lotterywest funding to house homeless women aged 55 or older
27th Aug 2021
Lotterywest funding to house homeless women aged 55 or older

Community Services Minister Simone McGurk has today announced $2.2 million in Lotterywest funding for an innovative project that will provide 18 prefabricated houses for women who are experiencing homelessness. The grant was presented to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre and My Home Australasia. This partnership will provide housing on a vacant site in North Fremantle …

McGowan Government stands with Afghan community
22nd Aug 2021
McGowan Government stands with Afghan community

The McGowan Government is supporting the Commonwealth Government’s efforts to evacuate people from Afghanistan. 95 Afghan nationals and four Australian citizens have so far been evacuated and are being accommodated within WA’s State-managed quarantine hotels. The State Government is working with its community sector partners to support evacuees from Afghanistan who have recently arrived in …

Communities that dig gardening encouraged to apply for grants
18th Aug 2021
Communities that dig gardening encouraged to apply for grants

Western Australian green thumb community organisations and local governments are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $10,000 funding through the State Government’s Community Gardens Grants Program. Community gardening provides an opportunity for people to come together and develop a greater understanding between neighbours and community members. Grants provided through this program support the …

Women’s grants program now open for applications
17th Aug 2021
Women’s grants program now open for applications

Grants of up to $10,000 are now available under a State Government program that provides funding support for projects to address the unique issues faced by Western Australian women. Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk today announced that the Grants for Women program, which is part of the McGowan Government’s long-term plan for gender equality, is …

Recognising the work and commitment of WA foster carers
16th Aug 2021
Recognising the work and commitment of WA foster carers

The invaluable contribution made by foster carers who have opened their homes and hearts to care for children in need is being celebrated during WA Foster Carers Week, which runs from August 16 to 22. In Western Australia, there are currently more than 5,300 children who receive love and support through general or family care …