New milestones for three Child and Family Centres
Three Aboriginal Community Controlled Child and Family Centres, in Kalkaringi, Darwin and Wadeye, have recently reached new milestones.
Local workers at Kalkaringi have transformed a dilapidated health clinic from the 1970s into a modern facility that will house a child and family centre to support families in the region. The Gurindji Aboriginal Corporation has invested in the Ngaliwany Purrp’ku Kalkaringi Community and Family Centre fit out on behalf of the community. The Northern Territory (NT) Government has contributed $150,000 as part of its $229 million investment across 2018-2023 to better support children, families and communities.
Construction has commenced on the Darrandirra Child and Family Centre in Darwin’s Northern Suburbs. The Darrandirra Child and Family Centre operator, CAAPS Aboriginal Corporation, has been awarded $815,000 for the fit out of their centre in the Darwin Northern Suburbs. The centre is currently being built within the Malak Shopping Centre near other key social services.
A new Child and Family Centre has also been established in the heart of Wadeye for families to access support services across the community.
In Wadeye, the NT Government has partnered with the Da Ngimalmin group to establish the new Da Ngimalmin Child and Family Centre. Da Ngimalmin is supported by the Thamarrurr Development Corporation (TDC). The old church in Wadeye will be refurbished by TDC for the Child and Family Centre.
Child and Family Centres coordinate the delivery of support services to children, young people and families and assist them to navigate the local service system to make sure their needs are met.
They are exclusively operated by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and are designed to take an approach that is culturally congruent and reflective of the aspirations of the local community to deliver services that strengthen family and community capacity to raise children successfully.
Construction for the Northern Suburbs Centre is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021. Da Ngimalmin Child and Family Centre is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.
The Centres are part of the NT Government’s commitment across five years to reform and improve services for children, young people and families experiencing vulnerability.
Including Da Ngimalmin, there are now six child and family centres operated by Aboriginal organisations in the Territory – in Katherine, Tennant Creek, the Alice Springs Town Camps, Kalkaringi and Darwin’s northern suburbs.