- Youth employment and education accommodation for 16 to 25-year-olds
- 692,500 funding for Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation through to June 2023
- Support for Aboriginal youth to engage in training, education and employment
- Broome will soon become home to a new Aboriginal youth housing service, thanks to a $692,500 grant from the State Government.
The grant will help to establish the Nyirrwa Murrgurlayi Aboriginal Youth Housing Service, which will operate out of a 12-bedroom property in Bagot Street, owned by the Department of Communities.
The contract to run the facility has been awarded to the Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation, which has been providing support and services to young Aboriginal people in the Broome and Dampier Peninsula for nearly 30 years.
The new service will replace the Employment and Education Housing (EEH) program run by Madalah Ltd., which has been operating out of the Bagot Street property.
As part of the transition to the new service, all residents engaged in the EEH program will continue to be supported in their accommodation.
The new youth accommodation service will continue to provide accommodation for Aboriginal people aged 16 to 25 years who are engaged in education, training or employment, and will also offer a range of other support services.
The Department of Communities has engaged an independent consultant to evaluate the broader Employment and Education Housing Program and explore how it can best respond to future community needs, support individuals and families and inform longer term planning for Nyirrwa Murrgurlayi.
Madalah has delivered the Broome Employment and Education Housing service for the past decade and will continue to support young Aboriginal people in the Kimberley with its other programs and activities
Comments attributed to Housing Minister John Carey:
"Young people are key to the future of the Kimberley region and supporting them to fulfil their training and employment needs will help them identify and achieve their goals.
"Supporting young people to engage in education and training is a priority in the Beyond 2020: WA Youth Action Plan 2020-22 and WA Government's Commitment to Aboriginal Youth Wellbeing.
"I want to thank Madalah for its valuable contribution to the Employment and Education Housing Program over the past decade and for assisting so many Aboriginal students, trainees, apprentices and workers to fulfil their education and employment goals and gain important life skills."
Comments attributed to Member for Kimberley Divina D'Anna:
"It's fantastic to see a new agreement has been reached with Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation, that will ensure the Bagot Street property will continue to provide a vital youth accommodation service in Broome.
"Supporting our young people to achieve their education and employment goals is absolutely critical to the future of our region.
"I want to thank Madalah for the contribution they have made to our community over many years, and I look forward to seeing the great work to come under the Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation."
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