In March 2015 the Baird Government has made a commitment of $20 million over two years for the establishment of an Aboriginal Centre of Excellence in Western Sydney.
Western Sydney has a significant Aboriginal population and is also an area of significant population and economic growth. As well as providing opportunities for strengthening individual and community resilience this initiative will have a particular focus on ensuring that local Aboriginal people, particularly young people are equipped to seize opportunities stemming from this region's growth.
A key objective of the facility will be to deliver programs and services that support Aboriginal young people making the transition from the school environment into further education and employment.
The full scope of services to be provided by the Centre and its location will be determined following consultation with Aboriginal people including community leaders and young people and other relevant stakeholders in the region.
However, programs and services could include a focus on innovation, arts, culture, health, wellbeing, sport and recreation.
The NSW Government is keen to ensure there is appropriate consultation with the community and relevant stakeholders across Greater Western Sydney. The first phase of consultation to develop options for the Centre's location, scope and catchment will commence in August with broader community consultation in September.
A provisional timeframe for the completion of the project is 30 months. This may be revised once the scope and location has been determined through the consultation process.
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