Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Mid-West and Gascoyne consultation to tackle homelessness

    1/10/2018 4:05 PM
    • Service providers and people who have experienced homelessness can have their say on the State Government's 10-year homelessness strategy
    • Strategy the first of its kind in WA - long-term and co-authored by the community sector, cross-government and people who have actually experienced homelessness 

    People living in the Mid-West and Gascoyne regions and who have worked in the homelessness sector or experienced homelessness can attend a community consultation tomorrow (October 2) from 1pm to 4pm at Geraldton Lotteries House.


    The consultation is part of the development of the State Government's 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness. The strategy is being designed through a partnership between government, peak bodies and the community sector through the Supporting Communities Forum Working Group on Homelessness.


    This strategy will emphasise how policy can be set and services provided differently and better. It will also examine homelessness in a broader context alongside other areas of government including health, mental health, education and justice.


    The Australian Bureau of Statistics' Census of Population and Housing: Estimating Homelessness (2016) report shows that there were 331 homeless people in the Mid-West area on Census night in 2016.


    More information about the 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness and how you can get involved can be found at https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/homelessness-strategy


    Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:


    "Addressing homelessness is a key priority for this Government and that is why I want a robust long-term strategy to tackle this important issue.


    "Hearing the stories and ideas of people who have experienced homelessness or worked in the sector is a key part of developing a long-term plan to address this important issue.


    "People experiencing or at risk of homelessness have complex needs that can only be met through an integrated response from service providers and government agencies.


    "The new strategy will aim to strengthen the services system by improving communication, collaboration, co-ordination, and most importantly it will clearly identify evidenced based approaches that best support those experiencing homelessness."


    Comment attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West:


    "This is an opportunity for people in the region to have their voice heard on this important issue."


    Comment attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn:


    "I am pleased that people in our community will have an opportunity to share the unique issues facing the region and contribute to this important strategy."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600