STARICK Services will receive funding to spend on equipment and facilities at its women’s refuges if the current members for Gosnells and Armadale keep their seats on March 11.
Chris Tallentire and Tony Buti committed $244,400 to Starick from their Community Improvement Funds.
Labor has promised the funds to all local MPs, for allocation among local schools, and sporting and community groups.
Starick will use the funding to purchase two vehicles and upgrade playgrounds and gardens at their two refuges for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Starick provides accommodation for 12 women and up to 34 children.
Its outreach services assist 1000 families a year in the South East metropolitan area.
Dr Buti said the vehicles would provide much-needed transport for women and children escaping domestic violence.
“Starick’s clients need safe, roadworthy transport to access refuges and associated services,” he said.
“Entering a refuge is a very difficult time for women and children and it is very important that they feel safe and welcome.
“That is why the standard of accommodation, gardens and playgrounds are so important in creating a warm and secure environment.”
A group of local women including Kay Hallahan, Beryl Jones, Yvonne Henderson and Judyth Watson, who fundraised to build its first refuge, started Starick Services.