Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney
State Budget 2010-11:
Continuing Rollout Of Residential Care Facilities Builds On Earlier Foundations
Victor P Taffa
The State Government will continue to roll-out new and reformed residential care facilities across Western Australia with an additional $13.6 Million in 2010-11.
The Government will also establish and operate a short-stay secure care service in Perth’s metropolitan area for young people at significant risk to themselves or others, starting with a nine-bed facility in 2010-11 to cost an annual $3.5 Million to run.
Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said the State Government had already established 23 residential care properties across the State.
“A further 27 facilities will be purchased or constructed from 2010-11.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“This program will replace leased or obsolete properties and give residents a home-like environment. It will also enable the Department for Child Protection to provide residents with more effective therapeutic programs.”
Of the 27 new facilities, 14 will be in the metropolitan area and 13 in regional areas, including:
- Albany – a new four bedroom family group home (purchased);
- Collie – a new four bedroom family group home (purchased) to replace the existing Collie group home;
- Geraldton – two new four bedroom family group homes (purchased). The existing Geraldton hostel will undergo renovation;
- Kalgoorlie-Boulder – a new six bedroom hostel (built) to replace the existing Kalgoorlie hostel. A new four bedroom family group home will also be built;
- Karratha – a new four bedroom family group home (built);
- Kununurra – a new eight bedroom hostel (built) to replace the existing four bedroom group home;
- Newman – a new four bedroom family group home (built);
- Peel region – two new four bedroom family group homes (purchased);
- Port Hedland – a new eight bedroom hostel (built) to replace the existing hostel;
- Wyndham – a new four bedroom family group home (built).
The Minister said the State Government remained absolutely determined to ensuring proper care for those most in need in WA.
“This commitment is also reflected in the $20 increase to the fortnightly foster care subsidy that is provided for in this Budget.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“This rise is additional to increases in the past three years of $80 per fortnight and recognises the invaluable role foster carers play in the lives of children and young people in the community.”
Mrs. McSweeney said the department would also provide an increase to the subsidy rate for carers located in targeted regional areas because of the higher cost of living in some locations.