PLAN: Gurehlgam elder Roger Duroux, with Indigenous Healing Centre coordinator Janelle Brown, Gurehlgam chairperson Julie Perkins and Clarence Valley council mayor Richie Williamson look over the Gurehlgam action plan at the Gurehlgam open day yesterday.
PLAN: Gurehlgam elder Roger Duroux, with Indigenous Healing Centre coordinator Janelle Brown, Gurehlgam chairperson Julie Perkins and Clarence Valley council mayor Richie Williamson look over the Gurehlgam action plan at the Gurehlgam open day yesterday.

Gurehlgam in celebration after re-funding

ABORIGINAL healing centre Gurehlgam opened its doors yesterday in a time of a celebration as the Gurehlgam Corporation announced a continuation of all programs after the Federal Government resumed its funding.

The corporation, which runs many of its programs through federal funding, has been left in the lurch with other community initiatives as the change in governance two years ago brought a change in funding administration.

Gurehlgam managing director and office manager Kenn Payne said funding applications had to be rejigged to allow for continued Federal Government support.

"When the government changed in the last election there was a major shift in the way they look at all community services," he said. "Now every organisation which is funded federally needs to focus on jobs, keeping kids in education, ensuring safety of kids and regional development.

"We went through a lot of work re-drafting submissions, sourcing accompanying letters of support. Like everybody, we asked for further support and were one of the lucky few services who received a refunding and continuation of all pre-established programs.

"This is a celebration of that fantastic achievement for our Indigenous community."

Clarence Valley Council mayor Richie Williamson, who was on hand to share in the celebrations at the Gurehlgam open day yesterday, explained it was a fantastic win for the Clarence's indigenous community.

"I congratulate all involved from the program coordinators to the board of the Gurehlgam Corporation," he said. "This service is very, very important to the people who receive the support, and the Clarence."



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