Hanson’s call to ‘hide’ children with Austim misguided

Senator Pauline Hanson’s call yesterday to remove children with Autism from mainstream classrooms attempts to over-simplify a complicated issue, feeding into people’s ignorance. That’s the perspective of Barrie Elvish, Chief Executive of WDEA, a regional Victorian employment and disability services agency that has, for more than 20 years, helped people of all abilities find their […]

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2017 WARRNIBALD – Entries now open

Entries for South West Victoria’s most prestigious portraiture arts prize are now open, providing the region’s artists an opportunity to showcase inspiring members of the local community, as well as the importance art plays in fostering social inclusion. The WDEA Warrnibald Portrait Exhibition and Prize began in 2012 to celebrate the contribution south west residents […]

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Media Release – Trust Allocations

Media Release – Click to download. WDEA TRUST DISTRIBUTES $54k TO IMPROVE ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY A SENSORY playground for kids with autism; furnishing a new supported living facility; a woolly art installation and getting keen basketballers on-court are among 12 new and inspiring projects to benefit from the latest round of funding granted via the […]

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Accepting applications Charitable Trust

We are now accepting applications for the next round of WDEA Charitable Trust Funding. The WDEA Charitable Trust was formed in 2004 with an objective to assist people with disabilities, or those highly disadvantaged by other factors, to achieve employment or access to employment opportunities. Funds are distributed twice yearly through two funding rounds closing […]

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Media Release – New CEO hopes to continue WDEA success story

Media Release – Click to download. WDEA’s new CEO Barrie Elvish hopes to continue the disability and general employment agency’s success and growth while maintaining its focus on service delivery. Mr Elvish becomes just the second CEO in the agency’s history, replacing Mick White who recently retired after 27 years in the role. He said […]

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Specialist School opens cafe with help from WDEA Charitable Trust.

THE community will be able to enjoy afternoon tea and coffee at the Mildura Specialist School as it prepares to open its own cafe. Throughout this year students have been brushing up on their barista skills and learning how to make the perfect coffee. Team leader of the senior school Kathryn John said the social enterprise would allow students with a […]

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WDEA Supporting Multicultural Youth Futsal Tournament.

Bendigo Community Health Services will host the third annual Multicultural Youth Futsal Tournament in Bendigo on Saturday (September 17). Futsal is a modified version of traditional soccer and embraced around the world. The popularity of the sport with Karen and Afghan communities in Bendigo motivated BCHS to start an annual Multicultural Youth Futsal Tournament in […]

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New community garden established

A COMMUNITY garden in Horsham North has started construction in a large vacant area behind the Salvation Army. The land, which is roughly three-quarters of an acre, is located behind the Salvation Army emergency accommodation units in Lynott Street. The garden has been started under a three-way partnership between the Salvation Army, Landcare and the Western District Employment […]

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