Youth, Water Minister meets with Geraldton leaders
Minister for Water, and Youth Dave Kelly had a busy day in Geraldton last week, meeting with Yamatji leaders and presenting at the inaugural Mid West Youth Sector Forum.
The forum, hosted by the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia, brought together more than 70 youth workers, service managers, and young people to discuss challenges and innovations.
With the help of a more than $900,000 Lotterywest grant, Mr Kelly announced YACWA will increase their capabilities in the region, employing a regional project manager in Geraldton to deliver services for young people in the Mid West.
“The issues that affect our State are often highly concentrated on our young people: homelessness, mental health and unemployment to name just a few,” Mr Kelly said.
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“As Youth Minister, I want to elevate young people's participation in Government and make sure their voices are heard when important decisions about education, health, employment, justice and the environment are made.”
He also met with the Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation, to discuss a landmark agreement between the Yamatji people and Perpetual Resources for the lease of 560,000 kL of water at a proposed Silica Sands project near Dongara.
“This agreement is the first of its kind and demonstrates how our Strategic Aboriginal Water Reserve can generate opportunities and economic benefits for the Yamatji Nation,” YSRC CEO Jamie Strickland said.
“The agreement confirms the strong working relationship between Perpetual and the Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation, with both parties actively exploring additional economic improvement initiatives,” Mr Kelly said.
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