Funding cut will have huge negative impact on Aboriginal welfare

�It will have a really negative impact,� she said.

�It�s a very busy place that does a lot of good for Aboriginal communities, not only in Armadale but also for many who come from other areas.�

Mrs Hansen said the centre offered a range of different programs which helped Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to up-skill themselves, including Aboriginal driver training, mums and bubs playgroups and cooking and budgeting services.

Aboriginal people are also able to trace their heritage through the Family History Project.

�So many of our families are part of the Stolen Generation and they can see old photos and trace their family tree, which is all part of the healing process,� she said.

�There�s also events like Naidoc (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) Week, which is one of the highlights for the whole community. It�s an opportunity for the community to come and celebrate with us.�

Mrs Hansen believed staff positions at Champion Centre would also be affected due to the funding cut.