Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    WA thanks grandparents on inaugural day

    28/10/2012 12:00 AM
    • More than 40 community groups stage events to celebrate Grandparents Day
    • Minister launches new Parenting WA - Grandparenting Guide
    Premier Colin Barnett and Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today thanked the tens of thousands of grandparents in Western Australia for their contribution to society and the difference they make to their grandchildren’s lives.

    “Grandparents have always played an important role in our society by offering care and guidance to their children and grandchildren,” Mr Barnett said.

    The State Government today unveiled WA’s first-ever Grandparents Day and has funded more than 40 community events celebrating grandparents across the State.

    Regional areas will host 25 events with 17 in the Perth and Peel regions, including free entry for grandparents to the Bell Tower.

    “Today we hope to acknowledge the continued love and support grandparents give to their families and the wider community,” Mrs McSweeney said.

    “Some families couldn’t get by without the support of their grandparents, so today is a perfect day to acknowledge what they do. The State Government wants to say a big thank you for the care, role-modelling and support grandparents offer to their families and the wider community.”

    The Premier and Minister McSweeney celebrated with grandparents and grandchildren at a morning tea in Albany, where the Minister launched a new Parenting WA guide on grandparenting.

    The guide provides tips for grandparents about raising, babysitting and caring for children; how to get involved when a new grandchild is born; grandparenting from a distance; and dealing with teenagers.

    “Today, many grandparents play quite different roles to ones their fathers and mothers played a generation ago,” Mrs McSweeney said.

    “Society now generally includes more working families, greater distances between grandparents and their children and more direct caring roles for grandparents than previously seen.  I hope this resource is helpful to all grandparents.”

          Fact File
    • WA’s Grandparents Day coincides with similar days in NSW and QLD
    • Grandparenting resource and details on Grandparents Day events across WA at:  http://www.communities.wa.gov.au
    Minister's office - 6552 6500