Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    More active opportunities for at-risk remote Kimberley youth

    20/09/2022 2:15 AM
    • McGowan Government contributes $150,000 to support sport and active recreation programs for at-risk children in the Kimberley
    • Programs to be delivered by Fair Game Australia, in partnership with local community organisations, agencies, and local government authorities
    • More than 900 annual engagements of children in fitness-based activities expected

    The McGowan Government will help fund a scheme to provide additional sporting opportunities and second-hand sporting equipment for at-risk children and youth in underserviced remote communities in the Kimberley region.


    A total of $150,000 over three years will go towards the Fit and Active Kimberley program, which will be delivered by Fair Game Australia (FGA) in partnership with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, along with local community organisations, agencies, and local government authorities.


    The funding will go towards supporting FGA staff and volunteers travelling to remote communities in the Kimberley, to deliver a range of programs during the school holidays when other services take a break.


    The programs include:

    • seven week-long trips annually, for three years across 10 remote communities;
    • provision of the 'Game on!' program, which encourages active communities through a combination of team-based sports games, fun fitness challenges and FGA's unique Indigenous yoga program;
    • provision of the Healthy Communities program, which uses fun, interactive health education activities to engage children in evidence-based practices in the areas of oral, feet, ear and hand hygiene and nutrition; and
    • distributing pre-loved sports equipment to communities in response to specific requirements, to help keep children fit and healthy.  

    The initiative aims to help young people be more physically active by providing opportunities for sport and social interaction, while addressing risk factors and social determinants of health. 


    The programs will be delivered in Pandanus Park, Fitzroy Crossing, Bayulu, Muludja, Wangkatjungka, Yiyili, Halls Creek, Mulan, and Balgo.


    Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister David Templeman:


    "Participation in community sport and recreation programs improves not just physical wellbeing, but also social cohesion and connection to culture, crime reduction, and school retention.


    "Fair Game have a strong history of delivering unique health and fitness programs, and recycled sports equipment to vulnerable communities.


    "I am proud to be supporting this important initiative which helps remove barriers to participation in sport and fitness, and go a long way towards keeping the lives of young at-risk children on track."


    Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Divina D'Anna:


    "I am delighted to hear that this program will be funded for delivery throughout the region.


    "Sport is such a wonderful enabler and I know that this will be a very popular program, delivering positive outcomes for children and young people."


    Minister's office - 6552 5400