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Community Arts Network (CAN) WA will receive $200,000 over two years under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to deliver a project in Narrogin aimed at increasing school attendance that will improve outcomes for First Australians.

 

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said CANWA’s project will deliver demonstrable benefits for local First Australians.

 

“CAN WA will deliver a community capacity building project to Narrogin and Quairading that targets at-risk young people by engaging local Noongar families,” Mr Wilson said.

 

“This will result in increased school attendance and increased participation in society through Noongar language and intergenerational culture sharing and art.”

 

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion said the Government’s investment through the IAS grant round had increased from $860 million to $1 billion, with 996 organisations to receive funding for over 1,350 projects throughout Australia.

 

“The increased investment through the grant round is the result of the Government honouring its commitment to provide longer funding agreements for important frontline services and ensure that any gaps that emerged as part of the round were filled as quickly as possible,” Minister Scullion said.

 

“This increased investment will help deliver on the Government’s key priorities of getting children to school and adults to work and making communities safer.”

 

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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.