Election promise: Nationals candidate for Geraldton Shane Van Styn with Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation chairman Ross Oakley and corporation members.
Shane promises Aboriginal hostel

The Nationals candidate for Geraldton Shane Van Styn says people are shying away from the issue of homelessness among Aborigines.

In announcing his party’s support to a proposed 138-room hostel on Friday, Mr Van Styn said the project underlined homelessness as a prominent issue in Geraldton.

“What we see is the tendency by the media and people to keep dropping the word ‘Aboriginal’, and keep denying there is a problem and keep using the word ‘social’ for fear of offending anybody,” he said.

“We’re here today to embrace the fact that here’s a project that absolutely will benefi t the majority of people who will be Aboriginal,” he said.

Mr Van Styn made an election promise to the Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation to make the hostel a Nationals’ “priority” should he win the Geraldton seat.

Full story in yesterday's print edition

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