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Monarto house renovated to become alcohol and other drug treatment centre for Aboriginal women

Date posted: 13 October 2015

A run-down house, south of Adelaide, has been transformed into a haven where Aboriginal women can get help for alcohol and other drug use.

The Aboriginal Sobriety Group partnered with non-government organisation, Big Sunday, to renovate the building at Monarto.

Over the past six weeks, more than 50 volunteers have worked tirelessly to turn it into a culturally appropriate facility.

Big Sunday received $100,000 in State Government funding for the project.

The Aboriginal Sobriety Group now needs funding to run a rehabilitation program out of the centre.

There is no specific service in South Australia to help Aboriginal women and they are referred to mainstream services.

The group's Chief Executive, Joe Silvestri, said a lot of women do not stay at mainstream services because they are not culturally appropriate.

'They don't really have anywhere to go,' he said.

'The services that are out there that are mainstream, they do get referred into, they just don't seem to last.'
He said the new facility would open up four beds for women to stay, based next to an established men's live-in centre.

The Aboriginal Sobriety Group will now seek federal funding so the centre can open as soon as possible.

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Last updated: 12 October 2015
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