Fed­eral funds aid in­dige­nous fam­i­lies’ ser­vice

Narrogin Observer - - News - Laura Gru­bisa

The Kaata-Koor­liny Em­ploy­ment and En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion (KEEDAC) will re­ceive $730,000 in Fed­eral fund­ing.

KEEDAC will use the fund­ing to pro­vide ad­di­tional case man­age­ment ser­vices in Nar­ro­gin and Northam.

Min­is­ter for In­dige­nous Af­fairs Nigel Scul­lion said that KEEDAC would re­ceive fund­ing in each lo­ca­tion un­til June 30, 2019.

“Im­prov­ing the safety of in­dige­nous fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties is one of the high­est pri­or­i­ties for the Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment — and this in­vest­ment will en­able the Kaata-Koor­liny Em­ploy­ment and En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion to pro­vide ad­di­tional sup­port to peo­ple who need it the most,” he said.

Mem­ber for O’Con­nor Rick Wil­son said the Gov­ern­ment was pro­vid­ing tar­geted in­vest­ment to those work­ing on the ground to make a dif­fer­ence.

“This pro­ject is a great ex­am­ple of the coali­tion work­ing with in­dige­nous Aus­tralians to im­prove out­comes for First Aus­tralians liv­ing in Nar­ro­gin and Northam,” Mr Wil­son said.

KEEDAC thanked the Gov­ern­ment for its sup­port.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Den­nis Ram­say said: “KEEDAC is in the unique po­si­tion to de­liver a cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive and ef­fec­tive ser­vice in both Nar­ro­gin and Northam while work- ing closely with other ser­vices and mak­ing sure our com­mu­ni­ties’ needs are met in the most ef­fec­tive and cul­tur­ally ap­pro­pri­ate ways.”

Ex­ist­ing ser­vice providers will share $18,019,301 in fund­ing to tran­si­tion from the In­dige­nous Com­mu­nity Links pro­gram to a new ser­vice that will ad­dress spe­cific safety and well­be­ing needs, and a fur­ther $4,239,664 will be pro­vided to new ser­vices in ar­eas where a safety and well­be­ing ser­vice gap has been iden­ti­fied.

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