Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
Premier Opens Australia’s First Child Advocacy Centre
Victor P Taffa
Perth is now home to Australia’s first Child Advocacy Centre which will provide a range of Health, Child Protection, Family Care, Police and Support Services to local children and young people who have suffered abuse.
Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the new and innovative George Jones Child Advocacy Centre, based in Armadale.
The State Government, through Lotterywest has provided a grant of over $1.5 Million for the facility.
“This new centre will help this wonderful organisation to strive to protect, care and advocate for the most vulnerable and abused children and youth.” Premier Barnett said.
“It will also provide a therapeutic environment that will assist recovery and potential for growth, making this facility a wonderful community asset and resource to our State.”
The facility has been developed by Parkerville Children and Youth Care, a community group who have been providing care to Western Australian children for over 100 years.
Premier Barnett said he was pleased the naming rights went to Mr. George Jones as Parkerville Children and Youth Care had played a large role in his early years.
“Not only has Mr. Jones played a valuable role on the Board of Management since 2001, Parkerville Children and Youth Care played a large part in Mr. Jones’ early childhood.” Premier Barnett said.
“Since then, he has become a well known success in the Mining Industry and a generous Philanthropist.” Premier Barnett said.
Support for the centre has also been received by the City of Armadale, the Public Transport Authority and the Armadale Redevelopment Authority.