Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Satellite TV to help parents in Rural And Remote WA

Satellite television will be used to help families living in rural, remote and isolated areas of Western Australia with parenting education the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, said today.

Officially launching the ‘Ngala Sleep on Satellite’ project, Mr Anthony said the broadcasts would be shown through Westlink’s 180 outlets, providing much needed reassurance to parents.

“As all parents know, the reality of parenting can be very different to their expectations. All parents need practical advice and help at some point and the sleeping habits of young children can be a real concern.

“Of the 20,000 calls made to Ngala’s telephone information service each year,
34 per cent are from parents who want help with their childrens’ sleep and settling patterns. Of these callers, around 1,200 are from rural and regional areas.

“The good news is that the Ngala Family Resource Centre, which has over 110 years experience of helping families in WA, will be able to share their expertise on sleep issues, child development and behaviour management through satellite TV broadcasts.

“Ngala will also produce a set of video and audio tapes of the broadcasts, which will be available as an additional resource for parents.

“In addition, around 50 health and community sector professionals in remote areas will be able to use the service for training workshops on parenting education.

“I congratulate Ngala for this truly innovative approach which will help to create stronger and more self-reliant families by overcoming the challenges of isolation and distance.”

Mr Anthony said the Coalition was delighted to provide $105,000 in funding for the service over two years, as part of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy.

“Our support for the ‘Sleep on Satellite’ project is a prime example of the Coalition’s commitment to strengthen families, improve parenting skills and create a better future for Australia’s children,” Mr Anthony said.