Stimulus for projects targeting family violence in south-west's indigenous community

PROJECTS aimed at reducing family violence within the south-west’s indigenous community have received state government stimulus.

Nearly $50,000 has been granted to the Windamara Aboriginal Corporation for two projects focused on tackling health and cultural issues.

The corporation will receive a grant of $31,000 for an indigenous community-based project which will include the Goolawan Oath being recited at all activities. 

Windamara will receive a further $18,000 for the Health our Future workshops to be held in Warrnambool, Heywood and Geelong. 

Premier Denis Napthine said it was encouraging to see Aboriginal communities involved in work to address family violence. 

“(These groups) have been established across Victoria and have been very active in developing local responses,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Premier has commended Portland Secondary College for its win at the Australian crime and violence prevention awards last year. 

The secondary college was recognised for its re-engagement program which was set up to address concerns about the number of young people disengaged from education.

“The program gives students a different way to learn and shows them that they don’t have to sit in a classroom staring at a whiteboard,” Dr Napthine said.

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