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New community hub for Guda Guda officially opened

Located 10 kilometres south-east of Wyndham township, Guda Guda Aboriginal community was established in the late 1970’s and has approximately 54 residents. In September 2017, Nine Mile Aboriginal Corporation who represent Guda Guda community requested CHL’s community development officer for assistance to make a five year plan outlining the aspirations of community.

The first project on the plan was establishing a community hub/office, a project that community had wanted for 7 years. Guda Guda had previously been declined a grant to build the office but was successful in receiving a grant from Lottery West to connect power to the office.

Working with CHL, Nine Mile Aboriginal Corporation requested an extension from Lottery West which was accepted. East Kimberley Job Pathways (EKJP) was then approached to build the office space as an activity for participants who could learn skills in the process. The CHL Maintenance Shed was contracted to do the build and two participants were hired for two weeks to complete the work, one of the participants is now going to do casual work for the CHL Shed as a result of the project.

The project was about creating a functional community hub for all community members to use, increasing community participation. The creation of an office space within the hub will enable directors to establish effective administration systems. As the Corporation is newly established, a functional office will enhance the governance of the community enabling the Directors and community members to learn the necessary skills needed to govern efficiently.

The office space will be rented as an office space and a meeting room which will create economic benefits for Guda Guda, who will use the funds to continue to develop the community and enhance the wellbeing of community members.

As there are six pre-schoolers in community, the space will be used by mothers as an informal playgroup space facilitated by the mothers, a grant from Lottery West has enabled mothers in community to purchase educational toys and activities. The playgroup will increase the wellbeing of children by providing an opportunity for children to participate in educationally stimulating activities that will enhance their mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

The hub will create a space for community members to come together and have a voice, which will increase wellbeing and a sense of identity in community. By creating a functional office community members and Directors of the Corporation can feel empowered and able to determine their own futures. CHL is committed to working with Directors and community members to increase their capability and to develop skills in finance, business systems, and Governance.

The office space/community hub at Guda Guda was opened in July.

Lottery West funded $15,000 to connect power to the hub, and $8,495 for office furniture and educational toys. FRRR funded an aircon for $3,513. EKJP funded the build by CHL for $34,570,  CHL funded a disabled access door for $750 and office stationary and internet for $1,112. Total funding to complete the project was $63,441.

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