Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre has been the beneficiary of a new $30,000 bus which it will use to provide expanded services throughout Narrabri Shire. The bus has been supplied by Whitehaven Coal and was presented during a visit to the centre by the company’s senior management and directors.
Pictured at the centre are Whitehaven Coal chief executive and managing director Paul Flynn, directors Ray Zage and Christine McLoughlin, Winanga-Li centre manager and Aboriginal elder Wayne Griffiths, Whitehaven directors Julie Beeby and Tony Haggarty, Whitehaven Aboriginal relations officer Bob Sutherland and Winanga-Li representative Trent Hilton in front of the new bus.
Aboriginal elder and Winanga-Li centre manager Wayne Griffiths said: “The bus that has been kindly donated by Whitehaven Coal brings a sense of hope for the communities of Narrabri, Wee Waa and Pilliga.
“We can now extend our outreach to these areas and provide access for our service users to dental, health checks, family support, a men’s group, hearing services and better access for our families to other support,” he said.
“These services have a positive effect on their everyday lives and we are very thankful to Whitehaven Coal for their continued support.”
Whitehaven has a long-standing relationship and record of support for Winanga-Li, including buying a $40,000 mini-bus in 2014 for the Gunnedah centre to use. It had previously leased the bus.
Whitehaven’s support of services and opportunities for the local Aboriginal community was recognised last year when the company’s employment strategy at the Maules Creek mine received a top community relations award by the NSW Minerals Council.
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