Marlungku-kari Child and Family Centre opens in Tennant Creek
Families of Tennant Creek now have greater access to vital support services with the opening of a new Child and Family Centre on the grounds of Tennant Creek Primary School.
Marlungku-kari (mar-lun-ku-kari) Child and Family Centre means ‘a place belonging to families’ in local Warumungu language. It will be operated by Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation, and was built as part of a commitment to establish 11 new Child and Family Centres across the Northern Territory.
Child and Family Centres coordinate the delivery of support services to children, young people and families and assist them to navigate the local service system to make sure they receive the assistance they require to live happy and healthy lives.
They provide a crucial role in connecting families with the support they require, such as financial, parenting, housing, counselling and health services.
Aboriginal Community Controlled Child and Family Centres are crucial to enhancing decision making capabilities and helping families strengthen their capacity to raise happy and healthy children.
Sam Ashton, Chief Executive Officer Julalikari Council said that he is proud to be part of such a strong and capable Aboriginal organisation, which is committed to growing genuine and meaningful partnerships.
“With support from the NT Government we have created a warm, inviting judgement-free space where children and families can pop in for a cuppa while accessing the information they require to get the support they need,” he said.