Joint Media Release with Federal Member for Calare The Hon John Cobb MP
Yoorana Gunya Family Healing Centre Aboriginal Corporation will receive almost $1.6 million under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to improve the developmental outcomes for Indigenous children in Forbes and surrounding areas.
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.
Locally, Yoorana Gunya will receive $468,565 for the next two and a half years providing various services to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of local Indigenous families and support them to prepare their children for school.
The remainder of the funding worth over $1.1 million will be utilised in the Binaal Billa Family Violence Prevention Legal Service providing support for victims of family violence or sexual assault delivering services to towns within the Lachlan, Parkes and Forbes Shires.
“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.
Federal Member for Calare, the Hon John Cobb said the project to be delivered by Yoorana Gunya will make a real difference to local Indigenous children.
“I’ve worked with many Indigenous communities when my electorate was larger and extended into the far west so I understand their needs and this project will be of great value,” John Cobb said.
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2015-07-31-Funding for Yoorana Gunya.pdf