National Youth Week was celebrated in Kununurra today with the opening of the town’s first purpose-built youth centre.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Michelle Roberts said the facility was the first of its kind to be built in Kununurra and offered young people a chance to participate in a range of activities.
“This is a great day for the young people of Kununurra as this facility gives them a safe and comfortable place where they can meet and interact with their friends,” Mrs Roberts said.
“As well as all the usual recreational activities you would expect to find at a youth centre, this facility will also provide a range of services that allow young people to have a say in the issues that concern them.
“This includes initiatives to help the town’s ‘decision-makers’ integrate youth needs and service provision into the overall community planning process.
“The Kununurra Youth Facility will also promote strong community capacity building by identifying key youth leaders and supporting them in the development of new youth initiatives.”
Child Protection Minister Sue Ellery said the Carpenter Government had contributed more than $850,000 towards the new centre, demonstrating its commitment to building strong and healthy communities.
“The Government is passionate about supporting projects like this that encourage and promote a brighter future for Western Australian children,” Ms Ellery said.
“Young people are WA’s most important investment, and if we can give them a good start in life through projects like this, then we are well on the way to achieving a better community for everyone.”
Kimberley MLA Carol Martin said the centre was a wonderful place for young people to learn how to engage in their own community.
“The Kununurra Youth Centre is not just a place for kids to hang out, it is a hub for the future leaders of our community,” Mrs Martin said.
Mrs Roberts said centre had come to fruition through a partnership between the Government, the community and local business.
“The Department for Child Protection provided $855,000, the Commonwealth Government $500,000, the Kimberley Development Commission $100,000, the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley $442,198 and Argyle Limited $49,000,” the Minister said.
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