‘Youth cruiser’ to re­ceive fund­ing boost

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A 17-seater bus dubbed the “youth cruiser” has been launched to help young peo­ple travel be­tween the Wakathuni com­mu­nity and the Tom Price Youth Cen­tre.

Rio Tinto com­mu­ni­ties gen­eral man­ager Linda Daw­son said the Tom Price Youth Sup­port As­so­ci­a­tion’s ser­vices were an in­te­gral part of the Tom Price com­mu­nity for young peo­ple.

“We are proud to sup­port the TPYSA with fund­ing to­wards the youth cruiser to en­able them to con­tinue to de­liver pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties for hun­dreds of young peo­ple,” she said.

“TPYSA does fan­tas­tic work, led by (TPYSA man­ager) Mar­ian (Hearne), in en­gag­ing young peo­ple and help­ing them on their jour­ney into adult­hood through mul­ti­ple ser­vices and pro­gram de­liv­ery.”

Since July, 2015, the Wakathuni Youth Trans­port Ac­cess Pro­gramme has used a bus from IBN to trans­port young peo­ple.

How­ever, the bus is too small to ac­com­mo­date grow­ing in­ter­est amid the pro­gram’s suc­cess. Ms Hearne said the ser­vice had been turn­ing peo­ple away be­cause of the bus’ lim­ited ca­pac­ity.

“Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with Rio Tinto, who is a ma­jor sup­porter of the TPYSA, funds were iden­ti­fied to put to­wards the new bus, which we are re­ally ex­cited about,” she said.

“This ve­hi­cle will not only pro­vide trans­port for young peo­ple into the youth cen­tre, but will en­sure they can par­tic­i­pate in other com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives in the fu­ture.”

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