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Listening in Yarrabah

1 Nov 2019

Media Release - Minister Wyatt

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt, visited Yarrabah in Queensland today to listen to locals and hear how they’re working to help get children to school, and the positive effects youth engagement is having in the community.

“I want to listen to as many Indigenous Australians as possible, and ensure that their voices are being heard. The Yarrabah community is a great example of how strong leadership and local solutions help improve the lives of Indigenous people,” Minister Wyatt said.

“It’s important that we learn from the work currently underway, such as Yarrabah Leadership Forum, which includes emerging leaders, and hearing how their model of local decision making is addressing their unique challenges.”

“Yarrabah is making the most of recent grants from the Morrison Government and are showing how we can all help our communities and young people succeed.”

“I got a chance to join the morning school bus run and the Yarrabah State School assembly to congratulate students on their achievements.”

“I met the team responsible for delivering the Remote School Attendance Strategy and who dedicate themselves to making sure young students get the best start in life by attending school.

“The team help bring together the support from Government, Council and the school to raise school attendance rates and engagement and improve behaviour.”

“There is more to be done to build enthusiasm around attending school but the work on the ground by these very committed individuals is building a stronger future for students and their families.”

“I also had the honour to officially open the new Yarrabah Youth Hub.”

“This great facility is a safe space for young people to meet up and connect with each other and access support services that promote wellbeing, resilience and responsibility.

“It is a place that shows young people facing challenges in Yarrabah that they don’t need to do so alone.”

Aimed at 15 to 25 year olds, the Yarrabah Youth Hub includes a community kitchen, laundry facilities and bathrooms as well as counselling rooms, office space and more social areas. Under the broader Yarrabah Youth and Family Social and Wellbeing Project, this hub will help disengaged and at-risk youth and families reconnect and build resilience.

“I also took the opportunity to visit the Mandingalbay Yidinji Eco-Cultural Tourism project that is developing new economic opportunities and the sorts of local jobs that strengthen communities and provide prospects that our youth can look forward to.”

“The whole community is lifted when its youth have a bright future and Yarrabah is doing great things to provide the best opportunities for the next generation.”

“I’m looking forward over the coming weeks to getting out and talking with communities about how we can work together to realise a better future for all Indigenous Australians.

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