Joint Media Release with CLP Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
- Children in Tiwi Islands communities of Wurrumiyanga, Milikapiti and Pirlangimpi are benefiting from Commonwealth funded local school holiday programs this summer.
- Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) funding is supporting a comprehensive School Holiday program coordinated and delivered by the Tiwi Islands Regional Council.
Children of Tiwi Islands communities – Wurrumiyanga, Milikapiti and Pirlangimpi – are being engaged and supported through school holiday programs thanks to a $862,000 investment by the Coalition Government as part of the Indigenous community-led, place-based Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion in a visit to the Tiwi Islands today said he was pleased to see this program provide positive engagement through sport and recreational activities for children of Tiwi communities and to support its operation for two years through to mid-2020.
It is only the Country Liberals that are committed to working with communities to invest in programs and policies that engage Tiwi children and support safer communities.
“Tiwi children need to be engaged in safe, healthy and positive activities over the holiday period to ensure community unrest and crime is minimised and children have the foundation for a successful start to the school year.
“The Country Liberals listened to communities that said that school attendance was one of the top priorities in remote Australia, and I am pleased that this program works with the Commonwealth funded Remote School Attendance Strategy as part of our efforts to improve school attendance outcomes for Tiwi children.
Tiwi Islands Regional Council Chief Executive Officer, Ms Marion Scrymgour, said that this IAS funding enables the Regional Council to employ local community members and work with other community stakeholders to keep young people engaged in activities that are positive for them and positive for the community over the summer holiday period. Ms Scrymgour noted that community unrest has reduced at this time of year as a result of the greater focus from all stakeholders in the community.
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price said, “the Country Liberals are committed to investing in youth and keeping children engaged in school holiday periods to support Tiwi youth and their families.
“Investments in youth programs are important to improving community safety by keeping children engaged and reducing rates of engagement with the justice system both now and into the future.
“Strong communities are built on a foundation of healthy and engaged children, and that is why I am committed to