Heal­ing cen­tre wins coun­cil­lor sup­port

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

The Abo­rig­i­nal Men’s Heal­ing Cen­tre in New­man has made its first step for­ward in se­cur­ing land for the cen­tre’s new do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram.

In a unan­i­mous vote, coun­cil­lors have agreed to lease 8.1ha of the re­serve op­po­site New­man Air­port di­rectly to the Abo­rig­i­nal Men’s Heal­ing Cen­tre.

At the Shire of East Pil­bara Oc­to­ber or­di­nary coun­cil meet­ing, the coun­cil ap­proved a re­quest to be sent to Min­is­ter for Lands Terry Red­man to up­date the pur­pose of the re­serve to in­clude “com­mu­nity pur­poses”.

The heal­ing cen­tre is the vi­sion of New­man res­i­dent Devon Cuimara and is be­lieved to have strong sup­port among Martu elders, po­lice, le­gal ser­vices and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence work­ers.

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