Baabayn move for­ward

Abo­rig­i­nal group se­cures com­mu­nity cen­tre and funds for ser­vices to con­tinue

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It means a hell of a lot to fi­nally have our own space ...

Mar­garet Farrell

AF­TER a year-long cam­paign the Baabayn Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion has se­cured a per­ma­nent home at the Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Black­ett.

And with a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion through the Fed­eral Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Grants Pro­gram, the com­mu­nity cen­tre, which is reg­u­larly used as a base for the group’s ac­tiv­i­ties, will re­ceive much-needed up­grades to the kitchen and out­door fa­cil­i­ties.

Chair­woman Mar­garet Farrell said she was grate­ful to be able to fo­cus on fu­ture com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties at the site.

“It means a hell of a lot to fi­nally have our own space to con­tinue work­ing to­wards help­ing the com­mu­nity,” Ms Farrell said.

“The up­grades will make life a whole lot eas­ier for us and the work we do.”

She said sup­port from Chi­fley fed­eral La­bor MP Ed Hu­sic and Black­town Coun­cil made all the dif­fer­ence.

Black­town Coun­cil and Mr Hu­sic had joined forces to as­sist Baabayn Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion with up­grades to its cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties.

Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali said with Mr Hu­sic’s spon­sor­ship, the coun­cil ap­plied for and re­ceived a $15,000 dol­lar-for-dol­lar grant un­der the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram.

“The group has al­ready been given use of the old care­tak­ers’ cot­tage at Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Black­ett and the grant means we can up­grade the kitchen, put in new floor­ing and cre­ate an out­door com­mu­nal cook­ing fa­cil­ity,” Cr Bali said.

Known lo­cally as the Baabayn Women, the or­gan­i­sa­tion works with lo­cal Darug groups and the Abo­rig­i­nal Med­i­cal Ser­vice to de­liver vi­tal cul­tural and fam­ily sup­port ser­vices through­out the com­mu­nity.

Mr Hu­sic said the group’s ser­vices were “vi­tal” to the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity and in high de­mand.

“This fed­eral ini­tia­tive along with Black­town Coun­cil’s help means this re­mark­able group will have $30,000 for a project that will pro­vide enor­mous ben­e­fits to our lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Mr Hu­sic said.

Ser­vices pro­vided by the group in­clude fam­ily drop-in ser­vices, a home­work club, su­per­vised out­ings and home de­liv­ery ser­vices.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Baabayn on 9837 4989.

Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

Baabayn Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion Aun­ties Jenny Eb­sworth, Mavis Pacey, Jan­ice Brown, Daisy Barker and Mar­garet Farrell are grate­ful for the on­go­ing use of the fa­cil­i­ties at Ruther­glen Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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