Joint Media Release with Member for Page Kevin Hogan MP
The Coalition Government has provided up to $1.39 million for a tailored project to address family violence experienced by Indigenous women and children in the Lismore region.
The funding will deliver a safe and trauma-informed service to reduce family violence by working with men to encourage behavioural change, including through cognitive behavioural therapy.
The Government has provided a further $324,240 to support an expansion of intensive and holistic case management services to address mental health, disengagement and anti-social behaviour among Indigenous youths in the Northern Rivers region of NSW through until 30 June 2019.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, said the services would be delivered by Lismore Indigenous organisation, Rekindling the Spirit.
“We know that community-based, culturally-appropriate solutions are required to improve the safety of Indigenous families and communities and to reduce the rate of family violence experienced by Indigenous women and children,” Minister Scullion said.
“This investment is a great example of the Coalition Government doing things in partnership with a local community and I acknowledge the efforts of Kevin Hogan in pushing hard for this investment in his electorate of Page.”
Mr Hogan said he was pleased funding had been provided to Rekindling the Spirit – a local community service provider with specialist experience in supporting Indigenous families.
“The Coalition Government is working with Indigenous Australians to improve outcomes for First Australians living in the Northern Rivers region,” Mr Hogan said.
“Rekindling the Spirit has been identified based on its expertise as well as the local needs of the community.
“I congratulate Rekindling the Spirit for the important work it performs and look forward to it continuing to deliver better outcomes for our local Indigenous community.”
The $1.39 million forms part of the $25 million Indigenous-focused package under the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. The $324,240 has been provided through the Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy.