Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Outstanding schools, communities honoured

    28/10/2015 12:15 PM
    • Camp Autism wins Communities Award in annual celebration of children
    • Ardross Primary School recognised for helping protect the environment

    A community service organisation running holiday camps for children with autism, and a school making a positive difference to the environment, are among the winners at this year's WA Children's Week Awards.


    Presenting the Communities Award for Metropolitan Services at Perth Zoo, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said Camp Autism provided vital networking opportunities for West Australian families.


    "Families of children with autism, in particular their siblings, often have to make sacrifices to fit in with the needs of a child on the autistic spectrum," Mr Simpson said.


    "Events organised by Camp Autism enable these families to form support networks, lessening their risk of feeling isolated.


    "These important social gatherings support and encourage children on the autistic spectrum to participate and engage in a variety of fun activities."


    Education Minister Peter Collier said the awards were another way of delivering learning opportunities to young people about healthy lifestyles being integral to wellbeing and self confidence


    Presenting the Department of Education-sponsored Health and Wellbeing Awards, Mr Collier said Ardross Primary School students identified their most pressing concern - environmental degradation - and embarked on an ambitious plan to reduce their carbon footprint.


    "Students developed a large scale tree growing and planting program and are now growing and planting 9,000 trees each year while learning to make a positive contribution to their community," he said.


    Geraldton Primary School, regional winner of the Health and Wellbeing Award, has changed the nutritional habits of its school community, forming a health and wellbeing committee and implementing a healthy food program targeting lunchbox choices.


    Winner of the WA Children's Week Awards' Communities Award for Regional Services was Boddington Early Years Network, a collaboration of stakeholders to improve opportunities for young children.


    The network also hosts parenting workshops and assists parents and guardians to build positive relationships with teachers before their children start school.


    The WA Children's Week Awards are convened by Meerilinga and are a celebration of children's creativity.  They also recognise adults, services and projects that have made an outstanding contribution to improving opportunities for West Australian children aged three to 12 years, families and the community.


    Fact File

    • The WA Children's Week Communities Awards for Metropolitan Services and Regional Services are sponsored by the Department of Local Government and Communities.  The Department of Education sponsors the Health and Wellbeing Awards
    • The State Government, through the Department of Local Government and Communities, funds Meerilinga more than $1,294,233 annually to deliver a range of community services, including parenting
    • For more info, including a full list of winners, visit http://www.childrensweekwa.org.au

    Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600