The Fitzroy Valley’s Marninwarntikura women’s resource centre will benefit from a $736,000 Lotterywest grant to support women and families in the region. The grant will assist the Aboriginal corporation to purchase two new vehicles, complete building refurbishments and create an outdoor community space to support vulnerable people. The improvements will support the not-for-profit group’s work through the resource centre, which encourages safety and wellbeing within the community, fosters leadership and helps to build local residents’ financial independence. Marninwarntikura offers a range of services to women and families of the Fitzroy Valley, including therapeutic healing, early childhood learning and crisis responses for those who may be experiencing family and domestic violence. Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said the organisation provided an invaluable service to the Fitzroy Valley community. “I commend Marninwarntikura chief executive Emily Carter and her team for their commitment to supporting women, children and families across the Fitzroy Valley to stay safe and strong,” she said. Ms McGurk said the importance of delivering culturally sensitive and trauma-informed services to vulnerable people living in regional areas could not be understated.