Funding boost for refuge
A $100,000 grant to Pat Thomas House will go towards upgrading an outdoor play area, repair work, concrete flooring, toilet facilities and general upgrades.
The grant was awarded through the Local Projects, Local Jobs program.
Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said WA had the highest rate of reported physical and sexual violence against women in Australia.
“We know Pat Thomas House does important and often incredibly confronting work in the Peel region, so it is critical we ensure the facility is in good working order,’’ she said.
“The refuge is more than 30 years old and needs repairs and structural work, which is what the funding will go towards.’’
Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the rate of family and domestic violence was unacceptable.
“Pat Thomas House is the only women’s refuge in the Peel region and this financial commitment is part of Labor’s bigger plan to help victims of family and domestic violence in Mandurah,” he said.
“The Local Projects, Local Jobs program is critical for community services such as this one, which gives women and children a safe place to go if they are experiencing family and domestic violence.’’