Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Hon Dr Tony Buti BPE DipEd MIR LLB DPhil MLA

Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    CaLD community associations to benefit from $6 million boost

    20/05/2023 12:00 AM
    • Community Capital Works Fund to support CaLD community associations delivering critical services
    • McGowan Government committing $6 million to the fund to support upgrades, maintenance and diversification of community infrastructure
    • Funding in 2023-24 State Budget will also provide employment opportunities across Western Australia

    The McGowan Government has committed $6 million over two years to support culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community associations to upgrade, maintain and diversify community infrastructure.


    The Community Capital Works Fund will contribute to keeping the Western Australian economy strong while maintaining important social and physical infrastructure. This will support CaLD community associations to foster social connections, meet cultural requirements and facilitate cultural celebrations.


    More than 60 facilities across the State are owned and operated by volunteer-run CaLD community associations and clubs.


    Many of these facilities were built 50 to 60 years ago and need significant repairs, upgrades and ongoing maintenance at a cost beyond the capacity of many community organisations.


    The new funding in the 2023-24 State Budget expands and continues the CaLD Community Capital Works Fund that was established in 2020.


    More than 28 projects that have been funded to date have helped to create immediate business and employment opportunities, and enabled CaLD community associations to maintain, improve and diversify the function of their facilities.


    For more information visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Dr Tony Buti:


    "CaLD community associations have such an important role in our communities, and the McGowan Government recognises the value of investing in physical infrastructure to support these not-for-profit and volunteer-based associations now and into the future.


    "Facilities owned and operated by CaLD community associations are crucial community hubs where people come together to celebrate their culture, develop social connections and foster a sense of belonging.   


    "This is particularly important for people who may be experiencing isolation such as new migrants and seniors.


    "Cultural diversity is crucial to Western Australia's social fabric, so it is essential that we ensure there are quality spaces for our CaLD community associations to grow and thrive."

    Minister's office - 6552 6400