THE Mount Gambier Family Relationship Centre has had a revamp to ensure the site is welcoming to all, catches attention to raise awareness of our services and help ensure people receive the assistance they need.
The redesign not only explains the services available at the centre, but across the regions at ac.care's various sites.
It also acknowledges in the Limestone Coast we work on land that always was and always will be Boandik land.
We worked with Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation to incorporate Bunganditj language at the site and hope visitors learn the featured words for welcome (martu kakayi), goodbye (wuwu) and Mount Gambier (Berrin) to help keep the traditional language of the region alive and demonstrate respect for the first people of the area.
ac.care's iconic Aboriginal banner created by Ngarrindjeri artist Jordan Lovegrove of Karko Creations is featured in the design.
The artwork represents the journey of ac.care and the various communities we work with across South Australia to ensure all country people have safe homes, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.
ac.care is represented by the large blue and orange meeting places while various Aboriginal communities and people are represented by the smaller meeting places.
A large mural by a Boandik artist will be added as the next stage of the redesign.
Our work at the centre strengthens family relationships, helps families stay together and assists families through separation.
This is achieved through diverse services, such as family dispute resolution, counselling, post separation cooperative parenting programs and more.
Meanwhile, across regional South Australia we provide foster and residential care services, homelessness and tenancy support, financial counselling, emergency relief and more.
We hope you like the new look outside, but encourage you to come inside to meet our friendly staff or visit our website (accare.org.au) to find out more about how we support country people.
The Mount Gambier Family Relationship Centre is funded by the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department, through the Department of Social Services, with additional State Government-funded services also based at the site, which is the hub for our family support services.