The Andrews Labor Government is supporting self-determination by improving the community facilities of Aboriginal organisations across Victoria.
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings today announced a series of grants for Aboriginal organisations across Victoria to improve their facilities.
The Labor Government will provide:
- $149,889 to Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation to refurbish an old dairy shed to accommodate staff amenities, and renovate existing cattle yards to improve safety and efficiency at Coranderrk in Healesville
- $50,000 to Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service Inc to develop a feasibility study around securing a new office space to address organisational growth
- $70,000 to the Aborigines Advancement League Inc to upgrade flooring in Thornbury to ensure the facilities can continue to be used for community functions, meetings and forums
- $50,000 to Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland Inc to determine the business and community viability of relocating as the organisation has outgrown its current site.
- $50,000 to Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd to develop a feasibility study on expanding the Torquay Ocean Park.
- $45,000 to Federation of Victorian Traditional Owners Corporations to develop a feasibility study on how to best meet the organisations growing office requirements.
- $147,785 to Aboriginal Community Elders Services to upgrade the guttering and walkways for buildings in their Brunswick East facility.
- $50,000 to Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative to develop a business case on redeveloping, refurbishing or expanding.
The grants are from the second round of the Labor Government’s Aboriginal Community Infrastructure Program, which has invested $14.9 million to build new community infrastructure or to repair, refurbish or expand existing facilities.
Improving Aboriginal community infrastructure is fundamental to the pursuit of self-determination and social and economic development for Aboriginal Victorians.
The Labor Government acknowledges the right to self-determination and recognises that only when Aboriginal people are central to the decision-making processes that affect their lives, will sustained and long-term changes in health and wellbeing be achieved.
As stated by Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Gavin Jennings
“This vital program is investing in community facilities to make the lives of Aboriginal Victorians better and support self-determination.”