The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, today joined Western Australian Labor Senators Glenn Sterle and Louise Pratt in Djarindjin to officially open a new training centre for young Indigenous people in the region.
The Australian Government has invested more than $500,000 under the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) Program for the construction of the Kullari Regional CDEP Incorporated (KRCI) Training Centre, as well as the Shade House, a new community and horticultural centre.
Ms Macklin said that the Aboriginal building company, Kullari, had employed four local people during the construction of the centre. Two of these had previously completed a Certificate II and III in Building and Maintenance as CDEP participants with KRCI.
“The KRCI Training Centre has so far seen 40 local students, including 13 CDEP participants, benefit from a range of programs on offer, including horticulture, construction, welding, hairdressing and human resources,” Ms Macklin said.
“It’s really satisfying to see the positive impact this facility is already having in the community, equipping people in Djarindjin with the skills they need for employment.”
Senator Sterle said the construction of the Shade House was made possible by a $17,000 investment from the Australian Government.
“Locals were also involved in building the Shade House, with four CDEP participants gaining a Certificate II in General Construction in the process,” Senator Sterle said.
“It will also soon be the home of a new horticulture and landcare program, providing even more benefits for residents.”
Senator Pratt said the training centre was fully furnished for students with desks and computers, and the Shade House was already becoming an important community hub.
“I know that the Shade House has been used recently as a dining area for the annual Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media Festival, with the training room transformed into a sound studio for the event,” Senator Pratt said.
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