Centre loses $160,000

Funding setback: Champion Centre development officer Brenda Brittain with Indigenous children's and family officer Amanda |O'Connor. Picture: Marcelo Palacios                www.communitypix.com.au   d436237
Funding setback: Champion Centre development officer Brenda Brittain with Indigenous children's and family officer Amanda |O'Connor. Picture: Marcelo Palacios               www.communitypix.com.au d436237

But the City of Armadale�s application for funding was rejected this year.

Armadale chief executive Ray Tame said the City was disappointed with the announcement but he hoped the situation could be turned around.

He said the City contacted member for Canning Don Randall and he arranged a meeting with the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion in Canberra

�The Minister acknowledged that the Champion Centre is a highly respected community hub for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,� he said.

�It is run by local Noongar staff, who have built strong relationships with the community, State Government agencies, not-for-profit organisations and community groups.�

Mr Tame said the funding was critical to the continuation of programs delivered at the Champion Centre and the termination of funding would have a negative impact on the scope of work still required.

A spokeswoman for Mr Scullion said the department was working with the City of Armadale on the issues it has raised.

�The Minister has always been clear that where gaps are identified, the department will work with organisations to ensure effective frontline services are maintained,� she said.

�The Government will invest more than $860 million under the current IAS (Indigenous Advancement Strategy) grant funding round to deliver on its key priorities of getting children to school, adults into work and ensuring communities are safe.�