The East Kimberley District Leadership Group has established a new working group to improve the content and coordination of programs for young people in Kununurra.
The Kununurra Empowering Youth group will work to ensure programs encourage children and young people to make good choices, promote positive family time and strengthen relationships between families and the wider community.
Young people will also be represented on the KEY working group so that the views and ideas of local youth are heard.
Regional Services Reform Unit director Tracey Gillett said the first initiative of KEY had been the Kununurra school holiday program, which was launched in December last year and resulted in a 20 per cent drop in juvenile offences during the summer break.
She said the DLG established the program in an effort to reduce anti-social behaviour during the school holidays and to connect young people with their families.
The popular school holiday program is being offered again this month, with more than 50 free activities available for children, young people and families.
Ms Gillett said the two-week program was enthusiastically supported by the local community and more than 15 businesses and organisations.
"It’s a great example of how community-driven initiatives, backed by government and Aboriginal leaders, can change behaviours and increase the wellbeing of children and families,” she said.
“The school holiday program not only keeps kids busy and stimulated during the school holidays, it provides an opportunity for specialist services to engage with those who are at-risk.”
It is expected that 700 to 800 people will participate in the April program, which runs from Friday 7 to Sunday 23 April.
A program of events is available at: https://www.facebook.com/KEYholidayprogram/
KEY members include the Regional Services Reform Unit, Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation, Save the Children, WA Police and Department of Child Protection and Family Services.
The East Kimberley District Leadership Group is an initiative of the State Government’s regional services reform.
Kununurra kids get into the swing of school holiday activities.