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Better outcomes for western communities

Brewarrina Aboriginal Lands Council Chairman David Kirby at the handover. Photo Layton Holley

Aboriginal communities in NSW’s Far West will have better access to health services, jobs and educational opportunities, following the transfer of the former Brewarrina correctional centre site to the Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) and Brewarrina Shire Council.

The largest portion of the site had been transferred to the LALC, to establish primary industry and agricultural enterprises, and employment and education opportunities, while the remainder has been transferred to Brewarrina Shire Council for lease to Orana Haven Aboriginal Corporation, to offer women’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

Member for Barwon, Roy Butler is asking for the community to breathe new life into the site, repurposing it in ways that will deliver real social and economic benefits for Brewarrina and local Aboriginal people.

“I’d like to thank the Minister Anthony Roberts and his chief of staff for their diligent effort and commitment in seeing this repurposing completed,” Mr Butler said.

“We listened to what the local community and stakeholders wanted and worked together to create more job and educational opportunities, improve access to drug and alcohol services, and return land to the traditional owners.”

Brewarrina Local Aboriginal Land Council Chairman, David Kirby said the site had long needed a facelift and useful purpose.

“We’re delighted that this site can be transformed into a positive asset for our community and for future generations,” Mr Kirby said.

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