Baabayn move forward
Aboriginal group secures community centre and funds for services to continue
It means a hell of a lot to finally have our own space ...
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.
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.