Disadvantaged members of the Bowraville community now have a place to shower, wash and dry clothes, have a cuppa and a chat within a safe environment.
The Squeaky Clean project, a new initiative of the MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation has officially opened its doors thanks to a funding boost from the ETC Community Support Fund.
“The ETC grant enabled us to have solar panels installed for hot showers, plus a brand new washing machine and dryer,” MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation Manager Vicki Fernance said.
“Bowraville is a highly disadvantaged community with low levels of employment, education and income … the Squeaky Clean project is one of the steps towards helping the local community.”
She said those who would benefit most were homeless people, women escaping domestic violence, and those severely disadvantaged people with no washing machine to provide clean clothes for their young children and unable to afford the local laundromat.
“Users of these new facilities will also be able to access MiiMi’s outreach services such as Interrelate, Probation and Parole, Allied Health, Warrina Women’s Refuge and Legal Aid.”
People wanting to access Squeaky Clean must call to book a suitable time on (02) 6564 8855.
ETC Board Chairman Rod McKelvey said it was a pleasure to be able to support MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation.
“The ETC Community Support Fund is designed to help organisations reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and/or build capacity in the communities in which we operate,” Mr McKelvey said.
“ETC is proud to be a not-for-profit company and we are confident the money we are donating will help make a more positive future for our community.
The next round of ETC’s Community Support Fund applications opens on 18 March 2019. To find out more information visit www.etcltd.com.au/csf