A McGowan Labor Government will allocate $80,000 to expand and enhance the successful school holiday program run by the WA Centre for Rural Health (WACRH) in Spalding.
The program, which has been running as a trial, has engaged school age children, their parents, university students and the broader community.
Comments from WA Labor’s candidate for Geraldton Lara Dalton:
“The school holiday program at WACRH is a fantastic local initiative that is aimed at young school age children from a broad range of family backgrounds.
“This funding will allow the program to expand to cater for older school aged children and youth.
“Not only does it benefit those families who use the service but it also provides an excellent servicebased learning opportunity for tertiary students on placement with WACRH.
“As a Lecturer at TAFE, I can see the enormous benefits that a program like this provides for all students, no matter what they are studying.
“Many constituents have raised their concerns to us about groups of young people wandering around with nothing to do. This funding announcement will help address this.”
Comments from WA Labor’s Shadow Minister for Tourism and Corrective Services Paul Papalia:
“Lara Dalton has been working with the local community to deliver real benefits to families and locals.
“This program is a fantastic example of the kind of project that WA Labor is interested in supporting – it helps strengthen communities and provides educational benefits to participants.
“I congratulate WACRH for their initiative in establishing the program, which provides activities and something positive for young people to do in a structured environment.”