Catherine King MP
Minister for Regional Services, Local Communities and Territories
Warren Snowdon MP
Federal Member for Lingiari
Friday 17 May 2013
NEW ‘SHED’ A SAFE PLACE FOR WOMEN AND KIDS IN TENNANT CREEK
Women and kids in Tennant Creek will soon have a new, safe space of their own with the creation of the Bough Shed, thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Regional Development Australia Fund Round Three.
Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge will receive $120,000 for the construction of a culturally appropriate counselling and activity space adjacent to the existing refuge premises.
The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said that the space would be a safe place that is designed to be culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable.
“The ‘shed’ will be a private place where women and children can come to engage in cultural and educational activities that will encourage family wellbeing,” Mr Snowdon said.
“This project will allow the Tennant Creek Women’s Refuge to continue to provide much needed services to support social inclusion in the Tennant Creek community.
“This is just another way that the Federal Government is supporting people, particularly Aboriginal people in Lingiari.”
Minister for Regional Services, Catherine King, said this project would deliver employment benefits to the region, creating two jobs throughout the project’s construction and sustaining another position after its completion.
“This project means jobs for the local economy now and lasting benefits for the community over the longer term. It will mean local employment as well as an increase in the services available to women and children in the community,” she said.
Minister King said 79 projects across Australia were receiving funding under the latest round of funding.
“The latest round of regional funding builds on our record $14 billion for community projects and continues our long-term investment in local communities including in health and hospitals, higher education, the NBN and infrastructure,” Minister King said.
Mr Snowdon said the project was expected to be completed by late 2014.
More information on the Regional Development Australia Fund and all projects can be found at www.regional.gov.au
Warren Snowdon Marcus Butler 0417 917 796
Minister King Rachel Cameron 0425 199 184