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Minister Scullion: Boost for counselling services for First Australians in Cunnamulla

5 Sep 2017

Joint media release

Mr David Littleproud MP, Member for Maranoa

The Paroo Shire Council will be able to provide additional counselling services in Cunnamulla and outlying communities and properties in the Paroo Shire Council area, thanks to the more than $1 million the Coalition Government is delivering over three years to June 2019.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that Paroo Shire Council would receive $342,782 a year over three years to deliver culturally appropriate support and counselling to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing domestic and family violence.

“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable the Paroo Shire Council to provide additional support to people who need it the most,” Minister Scullion said.

Member for Maranoa Mr, David Littleproud said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) the Government was providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of First Australians.

“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Cunnamulla and outlying communities, and properties in the Paroo Shire Council area,” Mr Littleproud said.

“In addition to counselling services, the Coalition Government is delivering $559,495 in 2017-18 to the Aboriginal Family Legal Service (South Queensland) to provide family violence prevention legal services to the Cunnamulla region as well as an additional $300,000 under the Third Action Plan. 

The Paroo Shire Council project is one of 28 recently funded under the IAS.  Services have been funded to provide intensive support to Indigenous people most affected in the following areas: alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing, and youth offending.

Existing service providers will share $18,019,301 million in Government funding through until 30 June 2019 to transition from the Indigenous Community Links programme to new place-based, intensive support services that address specific safety and wellbeing needs. A further $4,239,664 million will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and wellbeing service gap has been identified.  

The final year of funding is dependent on the projects providing strong outcomes for their clients.

Providers will be asked to collect service data to assess the impact of the service, to better understand what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and contribute to the evidence base.

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