Federal Member for Reid, Craig Laundy MP has announced a $20,000 grant for the Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre in Burwood.
The funding will be used for much needed repairs and improving child safe areas at the centre, which is used as a shelter for women and families escaping domestic violence.
Mr Laundy said the funding was an investment in the community that would go towards protecting some of the most vulnerable people in the local area.
“This shelter provides support to some of our community’s most vulnerable, and I am proud as the Federal Member to be able to commit this funding to help support them in their work.
“The Centre in Burwood is in desperate need of repair and these funds will go directly towards that.
“It’s not enough to only talk about the scourge of domestic violence – we know it is a problem. We need to provide the funding and infrastructure to help the victims, and work to prevent future occurrences,” Mr Laundy said.
CEO of WAGEC Helen Silvia said “These funds will allow us to refurbish areas of the accommodation to create a child safe and welcoming, homely environment for the families who stay here.”
As part of the 2016-17 Budget, the Turnbull Government announced $100 million for initiatives to combat domestic violence under the ‘Third Action Plan’, including:
– $20 million for preventative strategies and cultural change;
– $15 million for frontline services like housing and financial support;
– $10 million to support victims of revenge porn;
– $25 million to address family violence in indigenous communities; and
– $30 million for frontline family violence legal services.
The first act of the Turnbull Government was to announce a $100 million Women’s Safety Package on 24 September 2015, which focused on practical immediate action to keep women and children safe, improved training for frontline workers, enhancing service delivery in critical areas, and providing the best educational resources to change attitudes.
Mr Laundy said that the refurbishment of the Centre ties into the Government’s vow to tackle domestic violence.