[singlepic id=371 w=320 h=240 float=left] Works to create a new women’s shelter in Yarrabah will get underway later this year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Curtis Pitt has announced.

Mr Pitt is visiting Yarrabah today to inspect the site of the new shelter, which will receive $800,000 in State Government funding.

“Construction work will get underway later this year on a new two-storey shelter for Yarrabah women and children escaping family and domestic violence,” Mr Pitt said.

“The State Government is investing $800,000 to build the new two storey shelter and to upgrade the existing temporary premises for Yarrabah Aboriginal Corporation for Women.

“This is a crucial part of our plan to tackle domestic violence and it will send out a very clear message that violence against women and children is not on.”

Community Services Minister Karen Struthers said Yarrabah Aboriginal Corporation for Women would run their accommodation and support service from this new shelter.

She said the new shelter will have up to six bedrooms and is on track for completion by late 2012.

“In the meantime, the service will operate out of premises on Smith Street,” Ms Struthers said.

“We’re also using this funding to carry out some repair works and to improve safety and security to this building.

“Yarrabah Aboriginal Corporation for Women does a great job providing support and shelter to women and children escaping domestic and family violence.

“We value the work they do and we’re with them every step of the way to support women and children escaping domestic violence.

“They need to be able to access help and services in a safe and supportive environment, and that’s what this shelter will provide.”