State Election: Labor pledges $1 million to Mandurah’s Alambee Counselling Service for families and children in crisis


Alambee Counselling Services manager Nicole Lambert and David Templeman discuss domestic violence figures for the Peel region.
Alambee Counselling Services manager Nicole Lambert and David Templeman discuss domestic violence figures for the Peel region.

UNFUNDED by either the State or Federal Governments, Mandurah’s Alambee Counselling Service desperately needs funding to stay afloat.

The 25-year old service provides crucial counselling to families and children in crisis in Mandurah and the Peel Region.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said a State Labor Government would provide $1 million over four years from Royalties for Regions for services in the Peel region, where incidents of family and domestic violence had risen 25 per cent in the past two years.

“This is how we should spend Royalties for Regions funding,’’ Mr Templeman said.

“It can’t just be spent on infrastructure.”

He said the Peel Region had not had a fair share of Royalties for Regions.

“But it will get it under a Labor Government.”

Mr Templeman said waiting times for counselling services for victims of domestic violence including children, were too long.

“This badly needed funding will allow Allambee to provide more counselling and intervention services to these victims, so they are not waiting months to get support,” Mr Templeman said

He said the Peel Region had appalling domestic violence-related statistics, which directly impacted on many families.

WA Labor was committed to breaking the cycle of domestic and family violence in the community.

“The current system is in crisis – domestic violence is at unacceptable levels and the same old approach isn’t working,’’ he said.

“We need a multi-faceted approach to break the culture of violence across many homes and communities.”

Mr Templeman said a Labor Government would work on a number of levels to increase the safety and security of WA families, particularly women and children escaping violence.

It would also increase the number of crisis accommodation services available, as well as make it easier for domestic violence victims to report the abuse and seek support from agencies.