The State Government has strengthened its vision for a fair and just society by donating more than $35,000 towards a conference that will examine ways to improve the quality of life of all Western Australians.
Communities Minister Sue Ellery said the Lotterywest grant of $35,400 would help the WA Council of Social Services meet the costs of its biennial State conference in May.
“The money will support delegate attendance and a pre-conference networking day at the event, which has the largest gathering of social service practitioners and policy-makers of its kind in Australia,” Ms Ellery said.
“About 300 people from throughout WA and across the country are expected to attend.
“The theme is ‘Showcase of STARS’, which represents communities that are striving, thriving, aligning, reviving and surviving.
“Those STARS qualities are significant factors in building strong communities and that is exactly the aim of this conference.”
The Minister said the conference also provided important professional development and networking opportunities for the non-Government sector.
“Delegates can share real personal experiences from communities across WA, particularly people from rural, regional and remote services who are not often able to attend similar events to share ideas and information,” she said.
In 2006-07, Lotterywest gave more than $190million to the WA community, including $74.5million to hundreds of non-Government organisations and local government authorities.
Ms Ellery will open the two-day WACOSS conference on May 1.
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