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Disadvantaged members of the Bowraville community now have a place to shower, wash and dry clothes, have a cuppa and a chat within a safe environment.

The Squeaky Clean project, a new initiative of the MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation has officially opened its doors thanks to a funding boost from the ETC Community Support Fund.

“The ETC grant enabled us to have solar panels installed for hot showers, plus a brand new washing machine and dryer,” said MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation Manager Vicki Fernance.

According to Ms Fernance, Bowraville was a highly disadvantaged community, ranking high on the SEIFA Index, which signalled low levels of employment, education and income. 

“Our Squeaky Clean project is one of the steps to address some of the issues impacting the local community,” she said.

“The people that will benefit specifically from this project would be those that are homeless, women escaping domestic violence, and those that are severely disadvantaged with no washing machine who are unable to provide clean clothes for families with young children and can’t afford the local laundromat.”

“Users of these new facilities will also be able to access MiiMi’s outreach services such as Interrelate, Probation and Parole, Allied Health, Warrina Women’s Refuge and Legal Aid.”

People wanting to access Squeaky Clean must call to book a suitable time with MiiMi on (02) 6564 8855.

ETC Board Chairman Rod McKelvey said it was a pleasure to be able to support MiiMi Aboriginal Corporation.

the new shower facilities

“The ETC Community Support Fund is designed to help organisations reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and/or build capacity in the communities in which we operate,” Mr McKelvey said.

“ETC is proud to be a not-for-profit company and we are confident the money we are donating will help make a more positive future for our community.

The next round of ETC’s Community Support Fund applications opens on 18 March 2019

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