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Federal cash ensures Oolong House's future

Date posted: 20 August 2015

The Oolong Aboriginal Corporation, in New South Wales, will continue its work assisting and rehabilitating people with alcohol and other drug-related problems for the next three years after gaining more than $2 million in Federal funding.

Oolong Chief Executive Officer and Community Safety Officer, Ivern Ardler, said the funding was great news for the organisation.

'It will allow us to continue this vital service and help community members with rehabilitation,' Mr Ardler said.

'This funding allows us to continue our programs and also gives us the opportunity to establish a model of service for the organisation, specifically identifying what we do and how we do it.'

Mr Ardler said a proposal had also been submitted to gain funding to create a new purpose built centre for men and women battling addictions, which would be a combined effort by Oolong, Waminda and the Aboriginal Medical Service and the hospital.

'If built the current Oolong location, which was the area's first hospital, would be maintained and used as a detox centre,' he said.

'Unfortunately we didn't gain the $13 million in funding we would need for that centre but one day, who knows?'

Source: South Coast Register


Last updated: 20 August 2015
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