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Above & Beyond Award win for the Kimberley

We are thrilled to share that our Broome and Derby Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation emerged as the recipient of the ‘Above and Beyond’ award in recognition of their exceptional contributions during the challenging period of early 2023 when the Kimberley region faced devastating floods.

On September 20, our dedicated Family and Community Services team attended the 2023 Shelter WA Housing Awards at Boola Bardip. This gathering served as a platform to celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding efforts and achievements within the housing sector.

Among the notable nominations, two of MercyCare’s amazing services stood out in the ‘Above and Beyond’ category, generously sponsored by Bethanie Aged Care. These commendable services were none other than the Youth Wellbeing and Accommodation Tenancy Services and the Broome and Derby Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation.

Aftermath of Cyclone Ellie

On December 30, 2022, remnants of Tropical Cyclone Ellie brought days of torrential rain and wind to the West Kimberley region, leading the Fitzroy River to swell to a record 15.8 meters, causing widespread damage and destroying homes, businesses, roads, and bridges, and isolating and devastating riverside communities.

The massive flooding left hundreds of people homeless, unable to return home, and cut off from family, friends, and support. In response to flooding, BASSA & DASSA were able to quickly respond to the immediate and ongoing housing and support needs for those impacted and operated at 100% capacity for the first quarter of the year.

Their unwavering commitment, resilience, and compassion shone brightly during this trying time, significantly impacting the community they serve. Their commitment to providing ‘a home away from home’ through safe, responsive, and flexible housing for those in need was remarkable.

We acknowledge this achievement with immense pride, reflecting our staff members’ dedication, tireless efforts, and the essence of MercyCare’s mission.

Supporting the community in more ways than one

In addition to the immediate housing need, the team worked closely with crisis response teams, local services, and independent community members to respond to the resident’s issues relating to food shortages, loss of personal resourcing and comfort items, emotional and wellbeing support needs, gaps in accurate communication, and lost connections (keeping families together).

As we celebrate this triumph, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the nominees who have showcased outstanding dedication and innovation in housing and community support. It is truly an honour to be a part of such an inspiring and collaborative community of professionals.

At MercyCare, in partnership with Centacare Kimberley, Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Corporation and Nyamba Buru Yawuru, we remain steadfast in our commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve, and this award only fuels our determination to continue striving for excellence in all that we do.

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Aboriginal Accommodation

MercyCare is committed to a fairer Australia based on respect and justice for all people. We operate short stay, family friendly accommodation for Aboriginal people in Broome and Derby.

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