Joint Media Release with Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP
Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion and Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP have received advice from Aboriginal Hostels Limited that the newly-refurbished Trilby Cooper Hostel in Kalgoorlie is scheduled to reopen this week.
Minister Scullion said he recognised the inconvenience caused by Trilby Cooper Hostel’s closure for refurbishment and looked forward to the refurbished hostel providing accommodation and services to Aboriginal people in the Kalgoorlie region.
“Aboriginal Hostels Limited has had interim arrangements in place in Kalgoorlie for medical referrals to ensure people from the bush continued to get access to much-needed services,” Minister Scullion said.
“I’m pleased to say that these people will now be accommodated at the Trilby Cooper Hostel.
“Works were completed on 20 June 2014 and an industrial clean-up of the site has been undertaken to ensure the hostel is ready to accommodate people.”
Mr Wilson said he was pleased to note that WA Minister for Housing Bill Marmion had moved to address the broader issues of housing in the area, particularly the Brown Avenue housing complex, previously managed by Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation.
“I understand that the Department of Housing has been given a two-week deadline to conclude negotiations with a third-party manager for the 11-unit complex, to restore the facility and ease the social problems in the area.
“I want to thank Minister Scullion for his keen interest in ensuring the Trilby Cooper Hostel was open as quickly as possible as the hostel plays an important role in providing accommodation to people in the region,” Mr Wilson said.
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2014-07-07 Trilby Cooper Hostel to reopen.pdf