February 5, 2018
Aboriginal training initiative needed in the Goldfields
Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Kyran O’Donnell, has called on the State Government to extend to the Goldfields its recently announced construction and building panel to advance trade training for Aboriginal people.
Mr O’Donnell welcomed the State Government’s decision to establish a panel of local builders to give a focus to Aboriginal training in the State’s north but said the initiative was also desperately needed in the Goldfields.
“We have seen firsthand in Kalgoorlie the sorts of problems that can develop when young people do not have opportunities; the region has a demonstrated need for incentives that build capacity for employment and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.
“I am certain the strong response from local builders interested in participating in the initiative in the Pilbara and Kimberley would be repeated in Kalgoorlie.
“Providing Aboriginal people with greater training and employment opportunities has long-term benefits for individuals and the community and initiatives that achieve this should not be limited to communities in the north of the State.”
Mr O’Donnell said he was also pleased to see the State Government build on existing programs to reduce the number of Aboriginal children being placed in out-of-home care.
“In 2016, the Liberal-led Government introduced a range of initiative and supports aimed at reducing the number of Aboriginal children being placed in care and I am pleased to see this work continue with a $20 million contract for the Wungening Aboriginal Corporation to provide in-home support services,” Mr O’Donnell said.