Wednesday, 31 July 2019
The City of Bunbury has committed to supporting its Indigenous youth by contributing $15,000 in annual funding for the next five years to the Clontarf Foundation.
With an academy based at Newton Moore Senior High School the foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.
Academy activities are planned within the focus areas of education, leadership, employment, well-being, life skills and sport.
The City has been a supporter of the academy for the past three years and will continue its support until 2023/2024 after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the foundation on Thursday 25 July.
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the local academy had proved to be highly successful and it was important to continue funding the program.
“Council is a proud supporter of the Clontarf Foundation and the tireless work involved in mentoring and helping Indigenous Australians to achieve better life outcomes,” Mayor Brennan said.
“This program keeps kids in school, instils confidence in its students and has only positive results for the community at large.”
Clontarf Foundation Regional Manager Michael Lay said partnering with the City of Bunbury demonstrates strong confidence in the program and its ability to make an impact.
“The Newton Moore Academy has been operating for 12 years and the team do a fantastic job,” Mr Lay said.
“In that time, the Newton Moore Academy has supported 70 Indigenous young men with completing Year 12 and transitioning into employment and/or further studies.
“The extended support from the City ensures the continuity of the program will remain strong, the lives of young Indigenous men will continue to be improved, and the development of future leaders within Bunbury will persist.”
To find out more about the Clontarf Foundation click here