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The construction of a new short stay accommodation facility in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (WA), has been completed and will soon give Indigenous people from the Eastern Goldfields region a safe place to stay when visiting Kalgoorlie.
The Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and the Senator for Western Australia, Glenn Sterle, welcomed the completion of the Kalgoorlie Indigenous Visitors' Hostel, which opened to visitors on 24 September 2012.
'The Australian Government invested $2 million to build this new facility because we know how important it is for Indigenous people from surrounding areas,' Ms Macklin said.
'Many people come into Kalgoorlie to access vital health services such as dialysis treatment and hospital visits, as well as to visit family and friends. They deserve safe and secure accommodation, and that's what this new facility will provide.'
In addition to Commonwealth funding, the WA Government contributed $1.25 million towards the construction of the hostel, and will support the Red Cross to manage its day-to-day operations. The Kalgoorlie Indigenous Visitors' Hostel will contribute to the Government's work to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
Source: Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Ph: (08) 6552 6300