Lotterywest grant to support Fitzroy Valley women and families

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.

The improvements to the Marninwarntikura facility will support the not-for-profit-group’s work through the resource centre, which encourages safety and wellbeing within the community, fosters leadership and helps to build local residents’ financial independence.

Marninwarntikura offers a range of services to Fitzroy Valley women and families that are culturally sensitive, including therapeutic healing, early childhood learning and crisis responses for those who may be experiencing family and domestic violence.

The healing-informed services offered through Marninwarntikura help break the cycle of intergenerational and childhood trauma and have become a valued community asset in the Fitzroy Valley.

“Marninwarntikura provides an invaluable service to the Fitzroy Valley community, and this investment in the Women’s Resource Centre acknowledges the quality of services it offers.

“I commend Marninwarntikura chief executive officer Emily Carter and her team for their commitment to supporting women, children and families across the Fitzroy Valley to stay safe and strong.

“The importance of delivering culturally sensitive and trauma-informed services to vulnerable people living in regional areas cannot be understated.

“This grant builds on the McGowan Government’s efforts to support Aboriginal Corporations to deliver local leadership and help foster a strong sense of community belonging.” said Minister of Women’s interest, Prevention of family and domestic violence and community services Simone McGurk.