Member for Watson Tony Burke this week announced funding to upgrade the Jannawi Family Centre in Wiley Park.

The investment in the centre will go towards improved floors, upgraded play equipment, landscaping, computers and specialised resources designed to help trauma recovery.

Mr Burke said the announcement renews Jannawi Family Centre’s premises, builds on its existing resources and helps to make Jannawi’s work more responsive to families experiencing trauma. 

“Jannawi Family Centre is vital to protecting children and helping the most vulnerable and at-risk families in our local area,” Mr Burke said. “Better therapeutic spaces and more equipment will boost the work done at the centre in Wiley Park.”

The Centre’s Director, Biljana Milosevic, said this funding would be important in giving more safe space for children to play in and a more comfortable environment for people who have experienced trauma to open up and have their concerns heard.

“The equipment and fit outs covered by this funding comes from direct feedback from families who attend our service,” Ms Milosevic said. “We believe these improvements at our centre will further promote healthy, safe and stable home environments.”

Jannawi Family Centre provides multi-lingual childcare and playgroup services for children, counselling to victims of trauma and assistance in connecting families to essential legal, housing and medical services.

The Watson Stronger Communities Programme provides grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to local not-for-profit community groups for small capital projects.

Last year the Watson Consultation Committee, managers of the program, approved 18 projects in the local area. Around $150,000 is expected to be announced in community grants throughout this year.