The State Government and the City of Stirling have launched a new initiative to give Western Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds a sporting chance at a better life.
Julia Gyomber has been appointed full-time to the City of Stirling as special project officer to increase sport participation for people from culturally diverse backgrounds, particularly young refugees and humanitarian entrants.
Sport and Recreation Minister John Kobelke said $238,000 over three years had been allocated to the project.
“Everyone knows that getting involved in sport and recreation provides opportunities for families to spend time together,” Mr Kobelke said
“It also encourages people to get out and make new friends and, most of all, it is healthy and fun.
“Encouraging all Western Australians to be physically active is important for a healthy community.
“It is also a way for new migrants to participate in the range of sport and recreation activities which exist here in WA.”
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Tony McRae said the project would primarily target African youth, as well as other Western Australians from different cultural backgrounds who might be uncertain as to how to join a sporting club or recreation centre.
“Refugees and other humanitarian entrants, particularly those from African and Eastern European countries, experience many barriers to full participation in our community,” Mr McRae said.
“Given the very difficult circumstances which many of them have escaped, getting to grips with the language is only one of many issues that have to be overcome.
“Sport is a language that is spoken around the world and can help to build crucial bridges between people.
“WA is one of the most successful migrant societies in the world and sport has been a vital ingredient in bringing people together.”
Ms Gyomber will be based at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Mirrabooka.
Stirling Mayor Terry Tyzack said he was confident the project would enable young people from culturally diverse backgrounds to access the large number of mainstream sporting clubs and facilities in the area.
Minister Kobelke’s office: 9222 9699
Minister McRae’s office: 9213 7150