REGION - A number of Aboriginal organisations will share in $59,000 to fund culturally significant projects which will strengthen families, inter-generational linkages and reduce instances of family violence, Liberal Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay MP, announced.
All projects will take in the Ararat Rural City Council local government area.
"Like any violence, anywhere, family violence in Aboriginal communities is an unfortunate and disturbing part of our society. These projects are important because they aim to strengthen family and cultural ties," Mr Ramsay said.
"Importantly, they also endeavour to empower women and children, providing them with stronger social connections and emotional fortitude."
The Western Victoria projects include:
Barengi Gadjin, $20,000 - Elders and Young People gathering, which aims to benefit the community through improving the social and emotional wellbeing of all participants by strengthening cultural identity and pride. Includes the Ararat, Pyrenees and Ballarat council areas.
Gippsland Indigenous Family Action Violence Group, $20,000 - Connect with Culture and Family Camp, which aims to enhance intergenerational connectedness across the region on country that is traditionally known as a meeting place - Gariwerd. Includes the Ballarat, Pyrenees, Ararat, Golden Plains, Hepburn and Moorabool council areas.
WRISC, $7,000 - Lake to River Run, which aims to strengthen families, connect community, offer yarning opportunities, and raise awareness of family violence and connections of cultural identity to the local community. Includes the Ballarat, Pyrenees, Ararat, Golden Plains, Hepburn and Moorabool council areas.
Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative, $7,000 - Hoops Against Violence, a friendly basketball competition and clinic in Horsham over a weekend event to encourage networking and promotion of family violence services and help build trust and relationships with the police and community. Includes the Ballarat, Pyrenees and Ararat council areas.
Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge said a range of projects that tackle family violence in Aboriginal communities will be implemented across Victoria.
"The projects are funded through the Indigenous Family Violence Community Initiative Fund and support the Indigenous Family Violence Strategy - a community-led initiative that aims to prevent, reduce and respond to family violence in Aboriginal communities," Ms Wooldridge said.
"Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Groups, which have been established across Victoria, have been very active in developing local responses and are to be congratulated for their commitment.
"It is encouraging to see Aboriginal communities involved in such varied work to address family violence."
Thirty-nine projects have been funded through the Community Initiative Fund in 2013-14.
For information on the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2013-2018 visit: http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/aboriginal-affairs/aboriginal-affairs-policy/victorian-aboriginal-affairs-framework