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Port Hedland Indigenous hostel closes

Date posted: 1 July 2016

The Bunara Maya hostel in South Hedland, Western Australia (WA), has been forced to close its doors after failing to secure new funding from the Federal Government. The hostel has served as a homeless shelter since the early 1980s and works in conjunction with alcohol rehabilitation services offered by the Bloodwood Tree Association

Professor of Addiction Medicine at the University of Western Australia, Dr Gary Hulse, said Bunara Maya played an important role in breaking the cycle of drug and alcohol abuse. Bob Neville from the Bloodwood Tree Association said the hostel was particularly valuable for people living out of town. 

Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said transitional funding had already been provided for 18 months and that was enough time for the hostel to move its current clientele to the Aboriginal Hostels Ltd (AHL) South Hedland facility and other local facilities such as residential rehabilitation where required. 

Source: ABC News

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