DAN TEHAN MP
MINISTER FOR TRADE, TOURISM & INVESTMENT
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WANNON

$424,000 FOR INDIGENOUS EDUCATION & WELL-BEING PROGRAMS

October 21, 2021

The Morrison Government is investing $424,000 to extend support for Indigenous programs in Wannon as part of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, said the funding will help organisations deliver successful early childhood, schooling, vocational education and training, and safety and wellbeing services for Indigenous Australians across the country.

In Wannon, the following organisations will be delivering key projects:

OrganisationProjectsFunding
Dhauwurd-Wurrung Portland & District Aboriginal Elderly Citizens IncEarly Years Program$40,000
Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-Operative LtdEarly Years Program - Playgroup$80,000
Kirrae Health Service Inc.Early Intervention Program Playgroup$130,000
Winda-Mara Aboriginal CorporationFamily Services Parenting Support$24,000
Building the Dream$150,000

“These programs continue to yield positive results and I’m proud the Morrison Government has committed to their further investment.

“For the Wannon community, it also means ongoing support for local jobs and local Indigenous businesses.”

Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said “our commitment to initiatives that help realise better outcomes for Indigenous Australians is unwavering – this funding will help deliver a raft of critical services, particularly to improve early life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.”

“These projects will be predominantly delivered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 70% of funded organisations are Indigenous-owned, supporting the growth of sustainable Indigenous enterprise.”

Nationwide, key investments include:
• $18.3 million for ‘away from base’ projects, providing access to quality education for remote students.
• $19.5 million for early childhood initiatives, including pathways to pre-school and facilitated playgroups, so that Indigenous children are prepared and ready to start school.
• $25 million to improve school attendance and provide youth engagement programs.
• $22.1 million for wellbeing, mentoring and alcohol and other drug rehabilitation services to provide happier and healthier environments for families.
• $5.8 million for crime prevention, violence reduction and support for victims.

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