Mark McGowan

Mark McGowan

Minister for Education and Training; South West

    New basketball court and BMX track for One Arm Point youth

    30/11/2005 12:00 AM
     
    30/11/05

    The Gallop Government will fund the construction of a new BMX track and other recreational facilities in the remote Kimberley community of One Arm Point next year.

    Visiting the Ardyaloon community at One Arm Point today with Kimberley MLA Carol Martin, Youth Minister Mark McGowan said the $33,820 YouthSpaces grant would be used to resurface the basketball courts and build a BMX track.

    The funding would also be used for the development of a graffiti wall in the community’s chill-out centre.

    “These new facilities will give the community’s young people something positive to do with their spare time,” Mr McGowan said.

    “Boredom is a major issue for remote area youth and facilities like these help create a diversion from problematic behaviours such as drug and alcohol abuse and violence.

    “Healthy activities such as BMXing and playing basketball go a long way towards increasing confidence and self-esteem in young people.

    “The Gallop Government is committed to ensuring that people living in regional areas of the State receive their fair share.”

    Kimberley MLA Carol Martin said the Ardyaloon community would complete a large proportion of the works, with some assistance from local Broome tradespeople.

    “It is expected that community members will all chip in and help build the new facilities, giving them a real sense of ownership over the works,” Mrs Martin said.

    “Works are due to start as soon as the wet season finishes and will be complete before the end of 2006.”

    The YouthSpaces grant program is administered through the Office for Children and Youth and aims to provide safe and secure community spaces for recreational, sporting and cultural activities.

    Grants are available to regional communities throughout Western Australia and further information is available at http://www.community.wa.gov.au/Communities/ChildrenAndYoungPeople/ or the Office for Children and Youth on (08) 9476 2000.

    Minister's office: 9222 9111