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LNP getting more kids to school in Yarrabah

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Joint Media Release

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion

Liberal National Party Candidate for Kennedy Mr Frank Beveridge

LNP getting more kids to school in Yarrabah

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

 The Coalition Government is investing $425,000 to roll out the Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) across Yarrabah.  This is part of the $128.1 million the Coalition Government is investing in RSAS between 2014 and December 2018.  RSAS in Yarrabah will benefit more than 500 students and encourage students to attend

school every day.

Students across Yarrabah will be encouraged to get back into the classroom with the Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) to roll out across the region.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said that $425,000 will be provided to support the initiative which will support more than 500 students.

This forms part of the $128.1 million the Coalition Government is investing in RSAS between 2014 and December 2018.

Minister Scullion said that ensuring children attend school every day is a key priority for the Coalition Government.

“Education is the key to giving these kids the best possible opportunity to reach their full potential,” Minister Scullion said.

Liberal National Party Candidate for Kennedy, Frank Beveridge said this was an example of the Coalition Government listening to the community and delivering what they want.

“Unfortunately there are too many empty seats in classrooms, both in Yarrabah and regions across Australia.

“The local Yarrabah community came together and decided that school attendance was a top priority for them and that having the RSAS programme in their region would deliver a huge benefit to local children and their futures.

“I am proud that we have been able to deliver on what the Yarrabah community have requested - that is what good government is all about.

“Through RSAS we will be supporting parents, carers and the entire community to get their children to school every day and the best part is that the entire Yarrabah community are fully behind this programme,” Mr Beveridge said today.

Minister Scullion said that nationally, RSAS employs around 450 local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, across 78 sites, working with around 14,500 students per day.

“The Coalition Government recognises that every community is different. That is why we have worked closely with the community to design an RSAS model that meets the particular needs of Yarrabah.’

“This really is a whole of community effort and the Coalition Government will continue to work closely with the community and provider to ensure RSAS is an important and valued part of the Yarrabah community.

“I am also proud that the Coalition Government funded Indigenous Ranger Program will roll out to Yarrabah this year - with the Junior Ranger Programme coming to Yarrabah State School and providing further incentives to get kids back in the classroom,” Minister Scullion said today.

Media contact: Brett Chant 0477 744 614

Authorised by Senator Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Darwin