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Working together to close the gap in Mildura

Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Tim Bull is today visiting Aboriginal organisations and groups in Mildura and Robinvale to see how record funding from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 billion Regional Growth Fund is closing the gap in the region.  
 
Funding of $500,000 provided to the Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) by the Napthine Government is the single biggest capital investment from the Regional Growth Fund in an Aboriginal organisation. 
 
“The Coalition Government’s strong commitment to the work of the MDAS is reflected in this grant from the Regional Growth Fund, which will create new training and community facilities in Mildura,” Mr Bull said.
 
“The Mildura region’s Aboriginal population has experienced a 66 per cent growth over the 10 years since 2001 which has led to more demand for the MDAS’ services.”
 
The MDAS provides important services from its health and family centres in Mildura, Swan Hill, Balranald and Kerang.
 
Mr Bull and Member for Mildura Peter Crisp will also visit the Meminar Ngangg Gimba complex.
 
Meminar Ngangg Gimba provides confidential crisis support, advocacy and case management to Aboriginal women and children across the Mallee region. 
 
“The success of Meminar Ngangg Gimba since opening in 2012 is a clear demonstration of the Aboriginal community working to reduce and respond to family violence through collaborative partnerships,” Mr Bull said.
 
Mr Bull will then visit the Marawarpina Aboriginal Network, also known as the Robinvale Local Indigenous Network. 
 
"The Napthine Government is building on its strong and enduring relationship with Aboriginal communities by investing a further $4.2 million in the State Budget to protect Aboriginal cultural heritage, improve Aboriginal economic outcomes and to help close the gap,” Mr Bull said.
 
Mr Bull and Mr Crisp will also meet with Mildura Rural City Council and receive briefings on local initiatives including the Blandowski Walk and the $18.3 million Mildura Riverfront project. 
 
Mr Crisp said The Nationals were continuing to deliver for Mildura as part of a strong Coalition Government team. 
 
“The Regional Growth Fund has provided $12 million for the $18.3 million Mildura Riverfront project which will stimulate the local economy and boost tourism as well as cementing Mildura’s place as the ‘Gateway to the Outback’,” Mr Crisp said.
 
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