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  • $250,000 to Muga Katuku Baptist Church for the BLAST Youth Program.
  • The volunteer run program will lease a community bus, making it easier for more young people to take part.
  • The investment is part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).

Young people in Western Australia’s Kalgoorlie Boulder community will soon have better access to the successful BLAST Youth Program thanks to a new bus funded under the Coalition Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion and Federal Member for O’Connor Mr Rick Wilson have today announced an investment of $250,000 to support BLAST Youth organisers, the Muga Katuku Baptist Church, lease a community bus to pick up and drop off the young people involved in the program.

“The BLAST Program is doing great work in the Kalgoorlie Boulder community, giving nearly 100 kids a safe space and structured leadership activities after school,” Minister Scullion said.

The Federal Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that all services supporting Kalgoorlie youth are well coordinated and locally driven.

Local Member Rick Wilson welcomed the three year funding to the Muga Katuku Baptist Church and thanked volunteers for the support they give to young people who taking part in the BLAST Youth program.

“This is a great example of what a community organisation is able to do, their passion and dedication to the community is giving these young people the support they need whilst reducing anti-social activity,” he said.

“The program is entirely volunteer run, with fantastic local community members donating their time to improve the lives of the children who attend.”

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.