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WALGA’s Community Development Newsletter
September 2022

2022 WALGA Aboriginal Forum, 5 October

Kanan - Dhabagarn - Wabirriny

WALGAs annual  Aboriginal Engagement and Reconciliation Forum is being held on Wednesday 5 October 2022, themed Kanan - Dhabagarn - Wabirriny (Truth - Justice - Healing).

At the forum you will hear from Aboriginal Leaders who are driving change within our communities, seeking to build a stronger understanding of reconciliation. The forum theme recognises the importance of reflecting on the past through truth telling and the sharing of personal journeys. Together we will explore the meaning behind justice and understand Local Government’s role in closing the gap and achieving equality.

Speakers include the Hon Dr Tony Buti MLA, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs,  as well as presentations from Social Reinvestment W.A and the City of Perth  Yacker Danjoo Ngala Bidi (Working Together Our Way) commitment.

For more information on the forum or to register please visit WALGA Website. 

Sector updates

Daniel Morrison

WALGA is pleased to have Daniel Morrison, a Noongar\Yamitji man from Perth, as the keynote speaker at the upcoming Aboriginal Forum. Daniel has been the CEO of Wungening Aboriginal Corporation for 11 years and is leading the way in empowering our Aboriginal communities.  

Better Beginnings Family Literacy Grants  

The State Library’s Better Beginnings  Program Family Literacy Grants Program fund initiatives that encourage parents and carers to read, talk, sing, write and play with their child. Applications close Friday 30 September. 
Find out more here.

Online Safety for Every Family 

The eSafety Commissioner has released new resources designed to help parents and carers to support their children to stay safe online. Resources in different languages can be downloaded here

Life Line WA Employs Digital Crisis Workers

Digital crisis workers are now available to share texts with people who suffer crippling anxiety when talking on the phone. Confidential one-to-one text with Lifeline Crisis Support on 0477 131 114 available 24/7. Read more here.

Youth Mental Health and Climate Change Survey 

Edith Cowan University is working with a range of organisations on a project about climate change and the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Young people aged 10-25 are invited to complete a survey. Read more here

Every Child In Every Community, Needs a Fair Go

This week is National Child Protection Week 2022. This year the focus is on how to create a supportive environment for every child. Find resources and webinars on the website. Read more here.

Noongar Language Program  

Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia. Partner with  Community Arts Network (CAN) to deliver their flagship Noongar language programs, Place Names and Lullabies.

Paving the way for Youth Justice Reform 

Social Reinvestment WA launched their vision for a more effective and connected youth justice system in WA.
Read more here

Discovery Insights for Volunteering 

The report reflects the views of key stakeholders and articulates the challenges and opportunities the volunteering sector experiences on a daily basis. These findings will inform a National Volunteering Strategy.
Read more here

Upcoming Grants

Seniors Week Grants 
Grants up to $1000 to host an event in Seniors Week. Applications close Friday, 9 September. 
Find out more here

Family and Domestic Violence Grants 
Grants up to $250 000 are available. Closes Friday, 30 September. Find out more here

Harmony Week Grants 

Grants up to $2000 are available for Harmony week activities. Closes Monday, 10 October. Find out more here   
Better Beginnings Family Literacy Grants Round 2 
Grants are available up to $30,000. Closes Friday, 30 September
Find out more here.

Healthy Clubs Grants 
Sports clubs can apply for funding up to $4000 from Healthway.
Find out more here.


Upcoming Events & Training

Youth Alcohol and Injury Prevention Forum
Free in-person forum hosted by Injury Matters on Wednesday, 21 September
Find out more here.

Disaster Recovery Training
CEO's, staff and Elected Members will develop a deeper understanding of recovery principles. Friday 30 September at WALGA. Read more here.

2022 WA Local Government Convention - Embracing Change
Registrations are open for this event at the Crown Perth 2-3 October. Read more here.
Volunteer Visioning Workshops
Free workshops hosted by Volunteering WA in Perth will  and Peel on 27 - 28 September. Read more here

Trails Forum 
The Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries will host the 2022 Trails Forum in Perth on Friday 21 October. Read more here.

Partnerships in Health, Community and Legal Assistance Forum
Community Legal Services WA is facilitating a forum on innovative partnerships. Read more here.

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WALGA Resilient Communities Team 

Susie Moir, Policy Manager Resilient Communities, 9213 2058
Vikki Barlow, Senior Policy Advisor Community, 9213 2074
Alina Hobson, Policy Officer Community, 9213 2092
Bec Waddington, Policy Officer Community, 9213 2055
Contact the WALGA Resilient Communities team
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples hold a special place in our communities and connect the broader population with a wealth of history, tradition and culture which enriches our society.  Our work regularly takes us across the State and as such WALGA would like to acknowledge the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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