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Off to a smoking start

The purpose built, Broome Aboriginal Short Stay Accommodation (BASSA) facility is now operational.

Before opening in early December, staff at the Broome Community came together to hold a smoking ceremony at the MercyCare managed service which caters for Aboriginal people visiting Broome for short periods of time.

Leaves from native plants were burnt to cleanse the space, ward off bad spirits, and pay respects to ancestors of the country and to the land.

The ceremony was performed by representatives from Nyamba Buru Yawuru Limited, who are our collaborative partners in Broome, along with Nirrumbuk Aboriginal Cooperation and Centacare Kimberley.

The facility itself is provided by the Department of Communities and has 44 units available with single, double and family beds as well as laundry facilities, a barbecue area and children’s playground.