Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Hon Tony Simpson MLA

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

    Grant supports south-west metro communities

    10/08/2016 10:00 AM
    • $350,000 to support work of South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum
    • Total investment by Liberal National Government grows to more than $837,000

    Collaborative and innovative approaches to the delivery of social services to the south-west metropolitan corridor has been provided with an extra $350,000 in funding by the Liberal National Government.


    The South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum (SWMPF) is the first and only partnership of its kind in Australia.


    It comprises 80 not-for-profit and government service providers, as well as business and community members to respond to complex social issues in the local government areas of Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville.


    Visiting one of its projects at Caralee Community School in Willagee, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the partnership presented a unique approach to address the needs of a region.


    "Since its inception in 2013, the partnership has shown significant outcomes in building a co-operative culture and shared responsibility for social outcomes in the target locations,"

    Mr Simpson said.


    "This collaborative model is one that is easily replicated and has attracted significant interest from other parts of the State and Australia.


    "The State Government is pleased to be able to support the partnership with additional funding, which will allow the partnership to build on its success in improving outcomes in the south-west metropolitan corridor."


    Through the partnership, Caralee Community School runs a program supporting vulnerable and at-risk young people through a series of activities that makes them more engaged in the school.


    The Minister said the program has already seen positive results with an improvement in school attendance rates for participating children. 


    Fact File

    • The SWMPF currently runs four projects focused on improving social outcomes and increased efficiencies
    • For more information, visit http://www.swmpf.org.au/

    Minister's office - 6552 6600


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