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More support for First Australians in Orange and Bathurst

More support for First Australians  in Orange and Bathurst

  • More social and family support services for First Australians in Orange, Bathurst and Coonabarabran.
  • Coalition Government investing more than $1.6 million in Centacare Bathurst to deliver additional support services.
  • Investment is part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

Centacare Bathurst will be able to provide case management services in Orange, Bathurst and Coonabarabran, thanks to a $1,645,664 investment by the Coalition Government.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said that Centacare Bathurst would receive funding through to 30 June 2019 to provide a new service delivering case management aimed at early intervention prevention for families who are at risk of coming into contact with the child protection system.

“Improving the safety of Indigenous families and communities is one of the highest priorities for the Coalition Government – and this investment will enable the Centacare Bathurst to provide additional support to people who need it the most,” Minister Scullion said.

Nationals Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said that through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS), the Government was providing targeted investment to those working on the ground to make a difference in the lives of First Australians.

“This project is a great example of the Coalition working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in Orange, Bathurst and Coonabarabran” Mr Gee said.

Centacare Bathurst CEO, Robert George, said: “It is a privilege to be working with the local communities and the funding is an affirmation of the good work our team has put in over last 7 years.  I thank the Australian Government for the continued commitment to the wellbeing of Indigenous families.”

The ‘Safe Families, Everyone Thrives’ project of Centacare Bathurst is one of 43 recently funded under the IAS.  Services have been funded to provide intensive support to Indigenous people most affected in the following areas: alcohol and drugs, domestic violence, mental health and wellbeing, and youth offending.

Existing service providers will share $18,019,301 in Government funding through until 30 June 2019 to transition from the Indigenous Community Links programme to new place-based, intensive support services that address specific safety and wellbeing needs. A further $4,239,664 will be provided until 30 June 2019 for new services in areas where a safety and wellbeing service gap has been identified.

The final year of funding is dependent on the projects providing strong outcomes for their clients.

Service providers will be asked to collect service data to assess the impact of the service, to better understand what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage and contribute to the evidence base.