Young people in Geraldton and the Mid-West region have a new outlet to adventure following the official launch of the ‘Youth N Motion’.
The brainchild of Geraldton MLA Shane Hill, the former booze bus was donated by WA Police for refurbishment as a mobile youth centre.
Officially launching the bus, Police Minister John Kobelke said the initial success of the bus had already seen it established as a mobile base for youth to meet and obtain information on various issues.
The Geraldton Crime Prevention Community Safety Committee, through the City of Geraldton-Greenough, has secured funding support of the bus’ operation, enabling its operation on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and nights, in addition to times identified by the police as problematic.
Mr Kobelke said the Greater Geraldton Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan had identified a need for diversionary activities for youth to restore a greater feeling of safety within the community and the support of WA Police had enabled the initiative to become a reality.
“The City of Geraldton-Greenough took custody of the bus in mid-2007 and since it started operating at the beginning of this year, it had already proved successful in creating positive diversions from anti-social and criminal behaviour to youth at risk,” he said.
“The bus has received strong support from WA Police, Office of Crime Prevention, the Department of Indigenous Affairs, City of Geraldton-Greenough, the Iron Ore Alliance and its biggest advocate in Shane Hill.
“This bus is a great example of a community helping its young people to think about themselves and their role in the society.”
With a strict code of conduct, which includes no drugs or alcohol, ‘respect yourself and others’ and no swearing, the bus offers rewards for themed quizzes in addition to providing access to equipment and important information.
Mr Hill said all levels of the community had welcomed the bus and it was a credit to them for supporting the concept.
“This is a true community partnership,” Mr Hill said.
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