Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    Increased support for local youth

    20/09/2005 12:00 AM

    Youth Minister Mark McGowan today announced the establishment of a new regional development officer position for the South-West.

    Mr McGowan said the Bunbury development officer would support and develop services and responses for young people throughout the South-West.

    “There is a relatively high proportion of young people living in the South-West and it is important that there are services available ‘on the ground’ to provide them with opportunities and support,” he said.

    “The new development officer will focus on issues surrounding alcohol, mental health/suicide prevention, building resilience and leadership development.

    “The position will enhance the work already being undertaken by the office in regional locations throughout the State.

    “In particular, the new officer will work alongside key agencies on school leavers strategies in an effort to manage the annual event effectively.”

    The South-West was selected as one of two locations in which new development officers will be placed. The decision was based on economic and social factors, including:
    • high children and youth population density;
    • high unemployment rate for 15 to19 and 20 to 25-year-olds; and
    • proximity to ‘school leavers’ activities at the end of the year.
    A second development officer will be based in Karratha. The Office for Children and Youth currently supports part-time development officers in six key regional centres, including Albany, Geraldton and Kununurra.

    Mr McGowan said the decision to employ two new development officers was part of the Gallop Government’s commitment to improve services to all Western Australians, no matter where they lived.

    The development officer position is expected to be filled in approximately three months.

    Minister's office: 9222 9111