Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan today announced the Coota Girls Aboriginal Corp will receive $332,400 under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to deliver a Safety and Wellbeing project for First Australians in Kyogle.
“This is a wonderful project to establish a Coota Girls Centre to provide a range of support for former residents of the Cootamundra Domestic Training Home for Aboriginal girls who grew up together and are now elders,” he said.
The school operated between 1912 and 1968. The programme will help the Elders educate others, including descendants, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educators and health service providers, about the history and experience of the Stolen Generation in order to prevent the effects being passed on to subsequent generations.
The project is part of the Federal Government’s investment through the IAS grant round which has increased from $860 million to $1 billion, with 996 organisations to receive funding for more than 1350 projects throughout Australia.
The increased investment through the grant round is the result of the Government honouring its commitment to provide longer funding agreements for important frontline services and ensure that any gaps that emerged as part of the round were filled as quickly as possible,” Mr Hogan said.
“This increased investment will help deliver on the Government’s key priorities of getting children to school and adults to work and making our communities safer.”