Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Accommodation for remote Indigenous trainees and apprentices in Halls Creek

A new hostel in Halls Creek will provide a safe and affordable place to stay for up to 24 Indigenous people from remote areas of Western Australia while they complete traineeships or apprenticeships or take up employment.

The 24 bed Burraluba Yara Ngurra hostel, located in Burks Park, will provide young Indigenous people with stable, secure accommodation while they undertake available education and training opportunities.

The Australian Government provided $4.6 million towards the joint project with the Western Australian Government, which features four two-bedroom units for families and 12 one-bedroom units for single people.

The hostel will be managed by East Kimberley Aboriginal development organisation Wunan, which will employ a full-time caretaker to manage the hostel and provide on-going support to the residents.

The Burraluba Yara Ngurra hostel is one of four projects to establish employment related accommodation in the Kimberley, which will provide a total of up to 100 beds for Indigenous people.

A hostel in Fitzroy Crossing is expected to be completed this year, while sites will soon be finalised for accommodation in Broome and Derby.

This project will provide access to affordable accommodation so young people can pursue the education and training aspirations essential to give them the skills to move into a job.