More women and children fleeing domestic and family violence in Walgett will have a safe place to stay with the NSW government unveiling plans for an improved women’s shelter.
Attorney General and Minister for Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Mark Speakman said the redevelopment of the $ 2.7 million shelter will provide a safe and secure refuge for up to 120 women and children each year, who fled domestic violence.
“Women and children in crisis fleeing violent homes, often with very few resources, shouldn’t have to sleep in a car or surf on a couch,” Speakman said.
“These new units at Walgett will not only provide safe and modern accommodation, but, most importantly, will also help people connect to local support services.”
Five units will be built on a site belonging to the Ministry of Communities and Justice (DCJ) as well as a space dedicated to building life skills – such as cooking, housework and budgeting / paying bills – as well as offices for partner agencies to offer services.
Parliamentary Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister Sam Farraway said the new project would help support vulnerable members of the community when they need it most.
“A dedicated area for case management and support services will be built next to the Walgett housing units so residents can access help quickly and easily – this is crucial as they begin the process. difficult road to recovery from domestic violence, ”said Farraway.
DCJ contracted with majority indigenous company NPM Indigenous Pty Ltd to build the project, with operations manager Tim Moggridge saying the construction would create dozens of opportunities for locals.
“We are proud to be working on this project which will create local jobs now and contribute a lot to the Walgett community in the future,” Moggridge said.
Mission Australia State Director Nada Nasser said the new facility would allow women and children to benefit from specialized health and legal services.
“We make the experience of women and children as easy and encouraging as possible to give them the opportunity to rebuild their lives,” said Ms. Nasser.
Construction will begin this week and is expected to be completed in mid-2022.
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