Joint Media Release with Federal Member for Calare The Hon John Cobb MP
Orange City Council will receive $433,125 in funding under the Indigenous Advancement Scheme to deliver a range of projects aimed at local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
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.
Orange City Council’s Community Services wing will be funded to continue a network of supported playgroups in a number of locations around Orange, and to begin the new ‘Designing Futures’ program next year.
Over the next 2 years the Federal Government will provide Council with $283,125 for Orange playgroups and $150, 000 for Designing Future programs for Aboriginal children.
Calare MP, the Hon John Cobb said, “these programmes will build resilience in Aboriginal children and young people as they engage in a range of out of school and vacation activity programmes”.
“These playgroups are vital to a child’s development and ensure they have the skills to make a smooth transition into school when the time comes”.
Orange mayor, John Davis said ”the new funding will build on the work of long-established network of playgroups supporting Torres Strait Islander families of pre-school aged children in the Orange area back in 2008”.
“Council has worked in partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the aim to give children the best possible start in life through improved early childhood development, education and school readiness. The Aboriginal staff are early childhood trained and have a commitment to cultural needs.”
The new Designing Futures program is aimed at building connections between indigenous families and a range of local services, through the relationships already built up through the supported playgroups.
“It’s expected that a range of resource-people would make visits to the playgroups, offering information about topics such as nutrition, health and libraries,” Cr John Davis said.
The funding aims to break down barriers some families feel when dealing with the education system and encourages them to feel more comfortable in the school environment.
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2015-08-17- IAS Orange Council Funding Release.pdf