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New $30,000 kitchen to support food service in Menindee

29 September 2011



NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, and Murray-Darling MP John Williams have officially opened a newly renovated kitchen for the Joining in the Dreaming Aboriginal Corporation in Menindee today.
The NSW and Australian Governments have provided $30,000 through the Home and Community Care (HACC) program to renovate the kitchen in a building it leases from the Uniting Church.

“The new kitchen is already being utilised to prepare meals for Indigenous people who have a disability and the wider community in one of the most isolated regions in the State,” Mr Constance said.

“Ensuring that the most vulnerable members of these communities are provided with good quality and nutritious food is essential to enhancing their quality of life and well-being.”

In addition, the NSW Government has provided HACC capital funding of $216,000 to purchase the leased building, refurbish the Dreaming Cultural Services and Community Heritage Centre and build the capacity of Aboriginal service providers.

The Corporation has also received non-recurrent HACC funding of $20,000 for a Bush Tucker Project.

“The NSW Government’s funding commitment to the Corporation enables it to provide support services and address the needs in the community, including employment, training and education, health, and reconciliation,” Mr Constance said.

“Ageing, Disability and Home Care has also established a mentoring group which includes representatives from Aboriginal Affairs, Maari Ma Aboriginal Health and Murdi Paaki Aboriginal Corporation to support Joining in the Dreaming Aboriginal Corporation.”

These grants were part of almost $1.6 million in HACC funding for the Orana Far West Local Planning Area and included more than half a million dollars in growth funding to several community partners.

“HACC programs are vital in enabling older people and people with a disability to remain living in their own communities around friends and family,” Mr Williams said.

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