Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Young Aboriginal women empowered with skills development program

    26/08/2018 11:00 AM
     
    • Regional Development Minister presents $450,000 Lotterywest grant to Broome Aboriginal Media Association
    • Eighteen-month program to provide tailored skills development opportunities to young Aboriginal women in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields
    • Program promotes understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture in wider community 

    Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan today presented a $450,000 Lotterywest grant to the Broome Aboriginal Media Association.

     

    The grant will support the Kimberley Girl, Pilbara Girl and Goldfields Girl programs for 18 months, providing tailored personal and professional skills development opportunities for Aboriginal women aged between 16 and 25.

     

    Participants will undertake structured workshops and showcase events in contemporary culture, health and wellbeing, social and professional skills, and positive lifestyle and leadership values.

     

    The grant will benefit past participants with ongoing support, specifically in training and employment, but also with respect to maintaining their social and emotional wellbeing.

     

    Since 2004, 473 participants have gone through the program with up to another 28 participants attending Kimberley Girl activities in September and October.

     

    The State Government, through Lotterywest, has provided more than $1.3 million in funding to the Broome Aboriginal Media Association since 1998.

     

    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

     

    "Broome Aboriginal Media Association does incredible work to promote understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture and brings the wider community together to celebrate their accomplishments.

     

    "Young Aboriginal women in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Goldfields regions will be empowered with educational skills to open employment pathways and improve their confidence and self-esteem.

     

    "This tailored program provides participants with a unique skill set to contribute positively to their community, and be a role model to younger girls."

     

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