Mother’s be­lief that her com­mu­nity will pre­vail

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Roe­bourne mother Ca­milia Sam­son knows about the prob­lems her town faces.

She has heard sto­ries of al­co­hol abuse, drug abuse and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

She strongly be­lieves any­one caught abus­ing chil­dren needs to be brought to jus­tice.

But when asked where she would like to bring up her two young chil­dren, the an­swer was clear.

“Here in Roe­bourne, it is a smaller com­mu­nity and we got all our fam­ily around us help­ing one an­other, shar­ing in look­ing af­ter our kids and mak­ing sure they are safe,” Mrs Sam­son said.

Sit­ting around a ta­ble for lunch last week, sev­eral lo­cal moth­ers talked about the lengths to which they and or­gan­i­sa­tions went to make sure chil­dren ar­rived home safe.

It in­cluded moth­ers fol­low­ing chil­dren home and staff from groups such as the PCYC of­fer­ing lifts af­ter nights at the bas­ket­ball courts. Mrs Sam­son does not be­lieve her home town is as bad as some re­ports make it out to be or that peo­ple in Roe­bourne are out to harm kids.

“As a par­ent you do have that be­lief that things could hap­pen to your kids . . . but it is a par­ent’s job to look af­ter their kids and make sure they are safe,” she said.

“Say­ing Roe­bourne is a bad town, that chil­dren are get­ting abused, that is an out­sider’s point of view. If it is go­ing on in Roe­bourne, it has to stop.”

In the past few years, strides have been made in in­still­ing a sense of com­mu­nity pride in Roe­bourne, a step most lo­cals agree is crit­i­cal to over­com­ing the prob­lems plagu­ing the town.

Ngar­luma el­der Vi­o­let Sam­son said lead­ers in the com­mu­nity had been call­ing for ac­tion to pro­tect chil­dren for too long.

“That’s what we were talk­ing about in our el­ders’ yarn, to get some­where safe for our chil­dren when the par­ents are drink­ing,” she said.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ca­milia Sam­son and el­der Vi­o­let Sam­son.

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