A peak Western Australian family organisation that provides support for one in every two new families, today received a $500,000 boost from Lotterywest.
Communities Minister Sue Ellery said the grant would be used to streamline Ngala’s computer system in its central office and four satellite offices, resulting in a more efficient service for parents.
“The organisation is recognised as a leading resource for families with babies and young children, and this grant will ensure that Ngala can offer even better support for them,” Ms Ellery said.
“The State Government is committed to ensuring all children in WA receive the best possible start in life, and this is reflected in our Early Childhood Agenda.
“With another 5,000 babies due to be born in WA in the coming year, this important Lotterywest grant will allow better service delivery now and into the future so that the needs of new families can continue to be met.”
Ngala chief executive officer Rae Walter said the grant would allow a new IT system to be installed at the Kensington office, as well as Ngala sites at Rockingham, Kwinana, Noranda and Merriwa.
It would also make the organisation more accessible to rural and remote areas.
“IT is integral to Ngala’s service delivery and it is crucial we have a system that is responsive and reliable to ensure timely and effective contact with our clients and stakeholders,” Ms Walter said.
The Minister said WA was the only State in Australia where profits from lottery games were returned directly to the community.
In 2007-08, Lotterywest gave more than $205million to the WA community. This included $87million for hundreds of non-government organisations and local government authorities.
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