Safe place for indigenous women and children


Meminar Ngangg Gimba - a cluster housing complex for  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children escaping or dealing with family violence - was officially opened in Mildura on Tuesday.

This $2M+ complex will provide 24/7 on site support for the women and children from 1 October.  An initiative of the Department of Human Services, Meminar Ngangg Gimba (Women who dwell here) is based on the collective work of Regional Action Groups across the state and through the development of the Indigenous Family Violence 10 Year Plan, Strong Culture, Strong Peoples, Strong Families.

Located in Ontario Avenue, architect Andrew Nairn’s design is sensitive to the neighbourhood whilst providing a modern, safe, and secure environment for women and children referred to the service.

Since December 2010, Meminar Ngangg Gimba, through endorsed service provider Haven, has been delivering confidential crisis support, advocacy, counselling and case management to 150 women and children from across the Mallee region.

A long time supporter of Meminar Ngangg Gimba, Mildura Rural City Deputy Mayor Cr Sue Nichols, who officially opened the building, was full of praise for service and the success it has had to date. 

Haven's Executive Director of Program Development Kerry Ashley told ABC Local Radio's Charlotte King that Meminar Ngangg Gimba is a truly holistic service aimed at breaking the cycle of violence in the community. 

In the  Sunraysia Daily Case manager with the service and Elder Janine Wilson said, "It will be such a great benefit to our community, we all know the effects family violence can have on children and Mildura has taken the first step to prevent it".