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Minister Scullion: Improving the safety of Indigenous communities in Moyne and Warrnambool

4 Jul 2017

Joint media release
The Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Member for Wannon

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has announced that Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative will receive over $430,000 in additional funding to provide family case management services through until 30 June 2019 to vulnerable Indigenous people.  

The services will be delivered in the Local Government areas of Moyne and Warrnambool and will focus on social, emotional and well-being needs.

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

“Through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government is providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous Australians.”

“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Moyne and Warrnambool,” Minister Scullion said.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, welcomed the funding and the assistance it will provide to local Indigenous communities across Moyne and Warrnambool.

“This additional funding will build and strengthen capacity within Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative and continue the collaborative partnership with the Turnbull Government in improving the coordination of resources for Indigenous Australians in Wannon”, said Mr Tehan.

Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative CEO, Shannon Collyer, said, ““Worn Gundidj is excited to continue to work with the Government in delivering tangible outcomes in the South West.”

The Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Cooperative project is one of 43 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 $18,697,510 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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