- Four projects in the Kimberley will share in $735,000 over three years
- Funding will deliver programs in key areas that have well documented social issues
- Part of the Community Place Based Grants Program designed to help at-risk youth
The McGowan Government has announced $734,500 in funding for four programs in the Kimberley region that will deliver structured holiday and out-of-school programs to at-risk youth over the next three years.
The Community Place Based Grants (CPBG) program, administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, provides funding for the development and delivery of the co-designed programs in the Kimberley, Goldfields, Pilbara, and Gascoyne regions.
CPBG program recipients in the Kimberley include:
- Shire of Broome - The Shire of Broome has engaged widely with community, sport and youth service providers to develop the late-night sports and youth diversionary program, A Sporting Chance. This program will work with a range of service providers and local sport entities to bring positive role models, youth services, education and employment pathways together with sport. There will be a focus on sport competition, skills development as well as life skills, health and wellbeing education.
- Shire of Halls Creek - The Shire of Halls Creek has developed the Holiday Action Program designed to meet a gap in service provision for young Aboriginal people in Halls Creek that are 'at risk' of harm or offending during the holiday periods. This program will work with a range of service providers to bring positive cultural role models, youth services, education and employment pathways together with sport.
- Garnduwa - Garnduwa promotes healthier lifestyles through participation in meaningful sport and recreation activities. The organisation has developed the School Holiday Youth Engagement program which focuses on engaging young people outside of school hours and during holiday periods using sport and recreation, as well as aligning strongly with local strategies and plans aimed at broader strategic objectives for young people.
- Shire of Derby-West Kimberley - The Shire has developed a program which will provide youth activities during the school holidays and outside school hours. It will also look at ways to build the capacity of community-based sporting clubs.
For the full list of recipients or more information about the CPBG program visit www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/cpbg
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman:
"We know that engaging at-risk young people outside of school hours and during holiday periods using sport and recreation helps keep them connected to community and reduces the likelihood of offending.
"These programs have a strong focus on sport competition, skills development as well as life skills, health and wellbeing education - all of which are essential building blocks to pro-social activity and interactions.
"I'm pleased that these groups have identified real needs in their communities and are offering a variety of programs to help vulnerable people across the State in keeping their lives on track."
Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna:
"Programs like these are so important for young people and families and I am delighted that the McGowan Government is investing $734,500 to see them developed.
"It's through initiatives like this that we are able to help at-risk youth and ensure they receive support and guidance."
Minister's office - 6552 5400