Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    $150,000 boost to women's community initiatives across WA

    21/06/2007 11:00 AM
     
    21/6/07

    The State Government has announced $150,000 in grants to women’s community initiatives across regional and metropolitan Western Australia.

    Women’s Interests Minister Sue Ellery said 27 women’s groups had shared in the 2007 WA Women’s Grant Program, including a large proportion of indigenous women’s groups.

    The annual grant program, through the Office for Women’s Policy has been invaluable to many not-for-profit women’s groups and organisations since it was introduced four years ago.

    More than 100 organisations have been able to deliver projects, which support women’s needs and choices at work, home, and in their communities throughout the State.

    Ms Ellery said the main purpose of the grant program was to give assistance to women’s projects and initiatives particularly those that supported marginalised groups.

    “We strive to put at least a third of the grants towards projects for women in rural, remote and regional areas, which are inherently disadvantaged by distance and geographical challenges,” she said.

    Grant recipients for 2007 included a grant of $12,208 for Martu Women ‘Return to Country,’ project by Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (Western Desert Land Aboriginal Corporation) . This project would help both old and young Martu women travel back to their traditional country in the Jigalong area. It would also assist with preserving the important cultural information of traditional elders, enabling this knowledge to be passed on to the next generation.

    The Multicultural Women’s Sewing Project through the Textile Clothing Footwear Resource Centre of WA received $14,410 for information sessions, business workshops, and mentoring of creatively talented and culturally diverse women.

    A $7,000 grant to the Liebe Group would improve the capacity of women to manage farm businesses and agriculture through a number of guest speakers. The grant would also enable the recipients to make a difference in their families, farm businesses, and to the agricultural industry.

    A Young Women’s Christian Association grant of $7,000 would provide friendship, skills, networking, work experience, and a sense of community to newly arrived Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women who were living in isolated areas with limited services and transport.

    Further information about women’s interests and sponsorship opportunities can be found at http://www.women.wa.gov.au or by calling the Women's Information Service on 6217 8230 or country freecall 1800 199 174.

    Minister's office - 9213 7150