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Media Release by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Pool delivers change in Mimili

The opening today of the Mimili pool, the first of three Commonwealth-funded pools for the APY Lands, was an indication of the Australian Government’s commitment to assisting communities to take charge of local truancy issues.

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today said he was proud to be involved in the project as it showed the Mimili community is committed to being a part of the solution.

"Today’s opening proves the commitment of all involved to boost local school attendance and provide opportunities for local kids," Mr Brough said.

"The Australian Government, through a shared responsibility agreement (SRA), has committed $3.9 million for the construction of swimming pools in Mimili, Amata and Pipalyatjara.

"I am pleased to be involved in the opening of the Mimili pool and congratulate the local community for their commitment to adopting the ‘no school, no pool’ policy.

"We all know that the basis of growth as individuals and as a society stems from a sound education basis and any push to increase school attendance must be applauded.

"I thank the local community for their commitment and encourage them to use this pool as a springboard to other opportunities like employment and training for those involved in managing the pool.

"Individuals using the pool will also be encouraged to attend regular health checks at the local clinic and to also participate in any school health program – this will be a bonus for community members and the community as a whole.

"The opening of the pool is a great opportunity for the people of Mimili and since it began operation in September, there has already been an increase in school attendance. I take this opportunity to congratulate the community on their commitment and wish them all the best for the future.