Indigenous Communities Supported in the South West

The Member for Forrest Nola Marino has today welcomed the announcement of funding under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round for the South West.

Jobs South West will receive funding to deliver services that will improve outcomes for First Australians in Bunbury, Busselton, Margaret River, Collie, Brunswick, Harvey, Donnybrook, Manjimup, Bridgetown, Pemberton, and Northcliffe.

Mrs Marino said the project would deliver demonstrable benefits for local First Australians.

“The delivery of real services on the ground is at the heart of the Government’s plan for indigenous communities” Mrs Marino said. “This program is designed to support people and communities in a tangible and practical manner.”

Jobs South West CEO Posy Barnes said “the project will enable clients experiencing safety and wellbeing problems to access qualified staff that will assist them with a range of issues including homelessness, parenting difficulties, financial hardship, family and domestic violence, mental and physical health, youth justice and education training and employment”. Ms Barnes said that highly experienced Indigenous woman Tamara Rassip will coordinate the program. She will work with Indigenous mentors to promote and support the continued emotional and social wellbeing of clients.

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Government’s investment through the IAS grant round had increased from $860 million to $1 billion, with 996 organisations to receive funding for over 1,350 projects throughout Australia.

“The increased investment through the grant round is the result of the Government honouring its commitment to provide longer funding agreements for important frontline services and ensure that any gaps that emerged as part of the round were filled as quickly as possible,” Minister Scullion said.

“This increased investment will help deliver on the Government’s key priorities of getting children to school and adults to work and making communities safer.”