Media Comment

Posted 11-05-2017
Continuation of homelessness funding welcomed

Karyn Walsh, CEO of Brisbane community organisation Micah Projects, has welcomed the continued funding for homelessness services announced in the Federal Budget.

Posted 04-05-2017
Successful strategies to end homelessness in Brisbane

Two forums in West End this Friday will showcase a number of innovative and successful strategies that have already begun the process of ending homelessness in Brisbane.

Forum 1 – 500 Lives 500 Homes: Celebrating Success

Forum 2 – Homelessness and Healthcare

Posted 01-03-2017
An Invitation to show your support for Closing The Gap

Karyn Walsh, CEO of Brisbane community organisation Micah Projects, is calling on the people of Brisbane to show their support for Close the Gap Day on Thursday 16th March, 2017.

“The recent Prime Ministerial report on meeting the Close The Gap benchmarks revealed a dismal picture of poor performance and missed targets,” said Ms. Walsh, “so it is critical we all remain focused on the goals of the Close The Gap campaign.

“2017 sees two key milestones in Australian history,” she said, “the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which went some way to granting equal rights to First Peoples, and the 25th Anniversary of the momentous Mabo Decision in 1992, which paved the way for the granting of Native Title and Land Rights in Australia.

“Today we acknowledge the leadership and the gains made by Indigenous leaders and community managed organisations, especially in the area of health care,” said Ms. Walsh, “and we acknowledge that more needs to be done.”

Posted 15-12-2016
Many hands make light work of Christmas hampers

On Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December, over two hundred volunteers coordinated by Micah Projects will pack and deliver hundreds of Christmas hampers to individuals and families who are facing a tough time over Christmas.

Posted 08-12-2016
Projects like 500 Lives 500 Homes can’t survive without funding certainty from the Commonwealth Government

In the lead up to tomorrow’s COAG meeting, the 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign partners are calling for funding certainty from the federal government to end homelessness.

The coalition of 35 government and non-government organisations have this week announced that Brisbane is 500 households closer to ending homelessness for women, children, young people and individuals. Through the 500 Lives 500 Homes campaign, these organisations have collectively housed 507 households, including 179 families with 384 children since the campaign’s launch in April 2014.

Posted 07-12-2016
Over 200 community groups endorse open letter calling on PM to 'save' key homelessness programs from budget cuts

Leaders and CEOs of 209 different welfare organisations have signed on to an open letter calling on the Prime Minister to intervene urgently to ‘avert the human, economic and policy disaster that will occur if the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) is de-funded in 2017.’

Homelessness Australia and National Shelter have released the open letter to Prime Minister Turnbull this morning and re-issued their call for the Federal Government to end the prolonged uncertainty around the future of 180 frontline homelessness and family violence programs that could face closure if NPAH funding ends in 2017. Micah Projects CEO Karyn Walsh was one of the signatories.

Posted 09-11-2016
New Music Video Asks “Have You Forgotten Me?”

To mark the upcoming seventh anniversary of the National Apology, Micah Projects and Australian singer/songwriter duo Mundy-Turner are launching a new music video entitled “Have You Forgotten Me?”.

Posted 06-09-2016
Premier to attend Remembrance Day event for Child Protection Week

The Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, will be attending a special Remembrance Day event to be held in Brisbane tomorrow as part of Queensland Child Protection Week.

The Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, will also attend the Brisbane Remembrance Day event.

Remembrance Day is held each year to acknowledge the legacy of past failures in the Child Protection system, and the courage and determination of survivors in seeking justice.

This year’s event is particularly relevant, as the Queensland Parliament is in the process of introducing legislation that would remove the statute of limitations for victims of child sex abuse.

Posted 10-08-2016
Housing First the way forward

According to Karyn Walsh, CEO of local community organisation Micah Projects, “By housing and supporting one person, one family at a time, we can continue to make progress towards our goal of ending homelessness in Brisbane.”