Treasurer Eric Ripper today welcomed the receipt of a comprehensive pre-Budget wish-list from Western Australia’s peak social services body.
Mr Ripper said while the Government had been investing heavily in social services, he acknowledged there was always much more to be done.
“Communities Minister Sue Ellery and I had a very productive meeting with WACOSS today and they raised some very relevant issues,” he said.
“While WA’s economic growth is generally good news, it does present new problems, such as housing affordability, which also need to be considered.
“I welcome WACOSS drawing the Government’s attention to these issues and will ensure that their recommendations are given a thorough hearing.”
In presenting its pre-Budget submission, the Treasurer said WACOSS had acknowledged recent State Government commitments to address community need.
These included more funding for crisis accommodation, greater child protection services and funding increases to boost the wages of non-Government staff working with people with disabilities.
Communities Minister Sue Ellery said the establishment of the new Department for Communities, which involves ongoing consultation with the community, was evidence of the Government’s commitment to meeting the needs of all WA.
“We are putting measures in place to better respond to community needs,” Ms Ellery said.
“The Department for Communities is talking to the community and the non-Government sector to determine its agenda of work to be done.
“The first phase of this consultation has been a series of roundtables with stakeholders throughout WA.
“Each discussion has focused on one of the four pillars of the new department: a refreshed early childhood agenda; support for communities, both of place and of interest; the capability and sustainability of our partner non-Government sector; and actions to ensure that people who are not able to benefit from the current boom are not left behind.”
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