The ability of the Kalgoorlie Street Patrol to deliver its essential service has been boosted with the announcement of a grant to fund the purchase of a new bus and communications equipment.
Government Enterprises Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich today presented the Nooda Ngulegoo Aboriginal Corporation (NNAC) with a Lotterywest grant for $97,680 to purchase a Toyota Coaster bus with modifications to allow for wheelchair access and for two-way radios with a base station to support the delivery of the Kalgoorlie Street Patrol.
In presenting the grant cheque to the organisation, Ms Ravlich paid tribute to the important work done by the NNAC and the Kalgoorlie Street Patrol.
“The core objectives of the patrol are aimed at reducing the level of contact Aboriginal people have with the justice system, to respond to individuals at risk of harming themselves or others and to refer or link people to appropriate services,” the Minister said.
“The new bus will provide a crucial service, aimed at assisting the Aboriginal community of Kalgoorlie to mitigate the effects of alcohol, drug and substance misuse, within town and surrounding camps.
“Clients include people affected by alcohol or substance misuse, homeless and itinerant persons and community members, families and individuals at risk of harm or violence.”
The service will operate within Kalgoorlie and surrounding town camps on Monday to Saturday nights between 6pm and 12.30am.
The total costs of the purchases are $101,980, with NNAC contributing the balance ($4,300) and the Department of Indigenous Affairs providing the funds to operate the service.
The NNAC provides services and programs that facilitate indigenous people into employment and to encourage the maintenance of traditional culture.
Other programs managed by the organisation include Job Search Support, Training, Kalgoorlie and Wiluna Street Patrols, Primary Health and Substance Abuse services, and NAIDOC Week activities.
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