Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

$37,000 funding for Parents in Tune with Education

A new trial project in Western Australia, with Australian Government funding of $37,000, will help parents support the education of their children.

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin said the Parents in Tune with Education workshops will give parents the skills they need to get their children to school and to actively support their learning both at school and at home.

“Parents and caregivers will be encouraged to develop supportive, safe and nurturing family relationships through these workshops,” Ms Macklin said.

“The Australian Government is delighted to be able to support such an innovative program in communities that need culturally appropriate parenting support programs structured for Indigenous families.”

The project will operate in remote parts of the state between February and June this year.

It will cover the town of Carnarvon and at least eight remote communities in the Murchison area, including Mullewa, Yalgoo, Pia Wadjarri, Mt Magnet, Sandstone, Cue, Meekatharra and Yulga Jinna.

Up to 100 people are expected to attend the Carnarvon workshops which will be held every two weeks, and there will also be at least two workshops at each of the remote outlying Murchison schools.

Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre will design the parenting workshops in conjunction with TAFE, the Mid West District Education, and public schools in the region. Indigenous parents will also be encouraged to become involved in their development.

The region’s schools will be monitored for increased attendance and participation.