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Indigenous seniors return to Sister Kate’s

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More than 50 years after they left, former residents of Sister Kate’s Children’s Home in Queens Park will return to live in redeveloped seniors’ accommodation at the site.
Housing Minister Troy Buswell said a partnership between the Department of Housing, Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and Sister Kate’s Children 1934-1953 Aboriginal Corporation had enabled the construction of 10 units and a six-bedroom group home.
“Following the ILC’s purchase of the site, the State Government has spent $1.9million on the construction of specialised accommodation for indigenous seniors who lived at Sister Kate’s as children,” Mr Buswell said.
“Sister Kate’s Children’s Home holds lasting memories for many former residents, most of whom were orphaned or removed from their parents’ care under the Government policy of the day.
“This accommodation will allow those seniors, who formed strong and lasting bonds while living together from 1934 until 1953, to live out their later years together.”
In 1988 former residents formed the Sister Kate’s Children 1934-1953 Aboriginal Corporation, and have since been working to establish a seniors’ complex on the site.
The Minister commended the work of the group and said it was a good example of the collaboration encouraged in the State Affordable Housing Strategy.
“The Government released the strategy with an aim to provide 20,000 affordable housing options for West Australians by 2020, and seniors are one group who will continue to need affordable housing options,” he said.
“As a result of the Government working together with the ILC and Sister Kate’s, several indigenous seniors will now have access to affordable housing.”
Each of the units has two bedrooms, allowing tenants to have a live-in carer if needed.  The six-bedroom group home will house five residents and a live-in carer.
Community housing provider Foundation Housing Ltd will provide property and tenant management services at the facility.
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