Joint Media Release with Federal Member for Calare Hon John Cobb MP
Neighbourhood Central will receive $174,567 under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to deliver a Parkes Youth and Families Program that will help improve education outcomes for Aboriginal students in the communities of Parkes and Peak Hill.
Mr Cobb said this three-year funding will enable the neighbourhood centre to provide a Homework Centre programme for Aboriginal students and their families who attend Parkes High School and Peak Hill Central School in Years 7-12.
“The programme will particularly target poor school attendance and the factors behind why it happens, providing education and support to students from 3-5pm, operating one day per week from the Neighbourhood Central hubs in both communities.
“Education is vital to children’s development, and by determining the reasons behind truancy and then assisting the students and their families to work through these difficulties is the first step to improving outcomes for the students’ education and future prospects,” Mr Cobb said.
Mr Cobb congratulated the Parkes and District Neighbourhood and Community Centre on their foresight to instigate this programme, which will no doubt have far reaching benefits to the communities of Parkes and Peak Hill.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Government’s investment through the IAS grant round had increased from $860 million to $1 billion, with 996 organisations to receive funding for over 1,350 projects throughout Australia.
“The increased investment through the grant round is the result of the Government honouring its commitment to provide longer funding agreements for important frontline services and ensure that any gaps that emerged as part of the round were filled as quickly as possible,” Minister Scullion said.
“This increased investment will help deliver on the Government’s key priorities of getting children to school and adults to work and making communities safer.”
Mr Cobb said he looked forward to visiting the neighbourhood centre in the near future and hearing more about the student programme.
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