Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation has received funding of $146,616 to purchase a bus and trailer to support their recovery program through the NSW Government’s inaugural Community and Place funding program.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said funding for the organisation, located near Cowra, will provide real benefits to participants currently walking the pathway to recovery.
“The team at Weigelli do such important work for people suffering from the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs,” Ms Cooke said.
“When I met with Dan Jeffries and Norm Henderson at the centre again only recently, they told me how helpful a reliable bus and trailer would be as part of their program.
“I am delighted their application has been successful, because they can now secure transport which will enhance their day-to-day activities with participants, as well as opportunities to include the families and friends of those involved in the program.”
Ms Cooke said a key part of the Weigelli Centre Recovery program is reconnecting people to their cultural roots and incorporating greater respect for themselves, families and the community as part of their recovery journey.
Weigelli Centre Aboriginal Corporation CEO, Daniel Jeffries said over-representation of adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system is an ongoing concern and is the focus of the Weigelli Centre recovery program.
“Assisting clients who have alcohol and other drugs issues by using local support services, stakeholders and recreational activities will reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander appearances before the criminal justice system and have benefits for themselves, their families and the community,” Mr Jeffries said.
“The Weigelli Centre Recovery program will address targets and outcomes under the Government’s closing the gap program.”
For more information on the Community and Place grant program, visit the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website.