Joint Media Release with Federal Member for Cowper The Hon Luke Hartsuyker
Benelong’s Haven Aboriginal Family Alcohol and Drug Addiction Centre will receive $3,570,410 over three years under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round, announced Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker.
The funding will deliver residential accommodation for Indigenous Australians with alcohol and drug dependence in the greater north coast area.
“The essential services provided by Benelong’s Haven have, over the last 41 years, assisted thousands of individuals and families to kick their addictions,” said Mr Hartsuyker.
“Dr Val Bryant-Carroll’s foresight in initiating the establishment of the Centre in 1974 has been of significant importance to the Indigenous community in Kempsey, where they not only assist people with alcoholism, but provide programmes aimed at addressing drug use and mental health.
“This IAS funding will help to ensure they can continue to provide Indigenous people with assistance for dependence on alcohol or other drugs.
“The Centre addresses the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of our First Australians, instead of applying band-aid solutions which don’t address the causes of addiction,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Mr Hartsuyker was given a tour of Benelong’s Haven facilities at Kinchela today, meeting with the centre’s CEO Andrew Hegedus and staff.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, said the Australian 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.”
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2015-07-27 – Media Release – Benelong’s Haven Receive $3.5m IAS Funding Boost.pdf