Mandurah and Murray residents urged to get involved on National Close the Gap Day


Member of Labor for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke with Close the Gap supporters Nikita Nayar (left ) and Scarlett Li (right).
Member of Labor for Murray-Wellington Robyn Clarke with Close the Gap supporters Nikita Nayar (left ) and Scarlett Li (right).

MANDURAH residents are being urged to get involved in National Close the Gap Day on March 15.

The National Day is part of the campaign to close the 10-year gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians by 2030.

Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke has symbolically placed her handprint on a Close the Gap banner to pledge her support.

More than 95 per cent of WA state politicians have put their handprint on the Close the Gap banner over the past decade.

Oxfam Australia WA community campaigner Paddy Cullen said it was encouraging to see so many representatives at the State level echoing community support for an end to health inequality in Australia.

“Showing support for Close the Gap, especially as we get closer to National Close the Gap Day, sends a powerful message to both State and Federal governments to fully implement a comprehensive national action plan to achieve Indigenous health equality,” he said.

“Last year, more than 100,000 Australians showed their support on Close the Gap day with about 1100 events in schools, businesses, community groups and government offices held across the country.

“It is 10 years since the Federal Government said sorry and pledged to close the gap so now is the time for all politicians to get serious about making it happen.”

To register an event for National Close the Gap Day on March 15, go to www.oxfam.org.au/nctgd.

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