CANNING MHR Andrew Hastie has secured $20,000 to support access to Indigenous health services in the Peel region.
The funding has been provided to Nidjalla Wanngan Mia (NWM), an Aboriginal health and wellbeing centre operated by GP Down South.
NWM delivers health and medical services to the aboriginal community in the Peel region.
The funding has been used to buy a new van, run by the centre to carry Mandurah and Pinjarra patients who would otherwise be unable to attend appointments.
“For many people in the Peel region, transport is a major barrier to accessing health services,’’ Mr Hastie said.
“The van is a smart community driven solution to a problem that may have otherwise fallen under the radar.
“I commend George Walley, transport liaison officer Greg Nelson and the entire team at the centre for their commitment to the community.”
The van is one of 10 projects Mr Hastie has funded through round 3 of the Stronger Communities Program.
Stronger Communities is an initiative of the Federal Government that provides funding for small, community-driven capital projects.
In 2017-18, Mr Hastie secured almost $150,000 for community groups throughout the Peel region and Perth Hills under the program.
The projects are selected in consultation with a community advisory group.