Pat Dodson with Gascoyne community.
Ocean to Outback Employment Services is the Australian Government’s Community Development Program provider in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia. Ocean to Outback is a Joint Venture between MAX Solutions and ABC (Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation) Foundation and works closely with remote Indigenous communities to build employment capacity, increase school attendance, and support young people in the region to engage in positive behaviours. This new partnership builds on the success of the relationship between MAX and ABC in working together to support local Indigenous people across the region.
Through the Joint Venture we support the aspirations of local Indigenous people and work with them to deliver a range of programs and initiatives that are designed from the ground up to provide the best solutions for the community. Working with employers across the region and supporting unemployed people to move into work remains a very strong focus for the work that Ocean to Outback is doing with over 150 people placed into work since the start of the year.
Some of the activities underway through Ocean to Outback include the Community School Breakfast and Healthy Living Program; which provides school uniforms, breakfast and a healthy packed lunch each morning; the Mungullah Community Beautification Program; which sees the Mungullah Community as a finalist in the 2018 Tidy Towns Awards; and other programs that provide a safe place for women and children, build the capacity, self-confidence and positive behaviours of young men and women, and Ranger programs.
The Ocean to Outback team recently welcomed Senator for Western Australia Pat Dodson to Carnarvon. Senator Dodson visited newly refurbished Mungullah Community House and spoke with local community members on issues the community are facing including lack of suitable housing, homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and unemployment.
The Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders said his visit to Carnarvon was insightful.
“It was a refreshing to see the work of Ocean to Outback in designing meaningful programs and activities for the Carnarvon community. I was particularly impressed with the breakfast program, getting senior community members engaging with youth by getting them fed and off to school in the morning.”
“While Ocean to Outback are accomplishing great things, it is critical that the issues relating to housing and homelessness are addressed as a priority by all levels of Government, to reinforce the good work that Ocean to Outback are undertaking,” said Senator Dodson
If you would like more information on Ocean to Outback, please contact Mr Andrew Davitt at Andrew.Davitt@maxsolutions.com.au