The Coalition Government will work with the Western Australian Government and other stakeholders, including Indigenous leaders and the local government, to develop a youth engagement strategy for the Goldfields region.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, said today an important part of the strategy would be to engage local youths, particularly Indigenous youths, in the mining and pastoral industries.
“This is not about reinventing the wheel,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Government already has a range of programmes that could be tapped into, for instance the Indigenous ranger programme, to engage youths in and around Kalgoorlie.
“We will shortly be conducting a survey of young people in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region to ask their views on a range of matters that impact on their lives. This will include asking for their solutions to the problems affecting young people in the region.
“Following this, I propose a youth summit be held in Kalgoorlie early next year to inform this engagement strategy and I will be working closely with Rick Wilson and Western Australia’s Premier, Colin Barnett, to make this happen.”
Mr Wilson said he welcomed Minister Scullion’s commitment to addressing the issues affecting young people in the Kalgoorlie region.
“Any long-term solution to the problems Kalgoorlie has been facing needs to ensure our youths are engaged in meaningful activities, whether it be work or studying or training for a job,” Mr Wilson said.
“The benefits of this sort of engagement won’t just be felt by the individuals themselves, but will help to solve the wider social disconnection felt by young people across the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community.”