Fund­ing boost for refuge

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

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.’’

Jill Mather, Si­mone McGurk, David Tem­ple­man and Jill Robin­son at Pat Thomas House.

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