Project Coordinator of Healing Centre Janelle Brown stands inside the room for the project. Photo: Adam Hourigan
Project Coordinator of Healing Centre Janelle Brown stands inside the room for the project. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Grant will take ‘Sorry’ further

A FEDERAL grant of $75,000 to the local Gurehlgam Corporation Ltd has marked the first steps towards an indigenous healing centre in the Clarence Valley.

The grant comes from the Indigenous Healing Foundation, a Commonwealth body set up to addresses the legacy of pain and hurt brought on indigenous people's lives by past government policies.

The foundation was formed following the Government's 2009 apology to Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Gurehlgam manager Kenn Payne welcomed the funding, hailing it as a major opportunity to develop a centre to cater for the holistic healing needs of the Aboriginal people of the Valley.

Project co-ordinator Janelle Brown said there would be detailed planning over the next 18 months, including community consultation, negotiation with service providers, research, and program development, to produce a plan on which the healing centre could be based.

"It's an exciting and creative way of looking at overcoming some of the issues Aboriginal communities face and hopefully it will complement services run by other providers," Ms Brown said.

"Fortunately we have a room available at the Gurehlgam complex so we already have the basis of a premises and the headquarters for our project."

The first consultation meeting will be in Grafton on November 27 at 11am at the Gurehlgam offices at 18-26 Victoria St. For more information phone Janelle Brown on 6642 8677.



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