‘Youth cruiser’ to receive funding boost
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.”