Local governments get behind early years strategy

Monday, 19 February 2018

The City of Bunbury, Shire of Dardanup and Shire of Capel have thrown their support behind the formation of a document which would guide the healthy development of children in their early years.

The establishment of the Bunbury Geographe Early Years Strategy and Action Plan is possible thanks to a $20,000 grant from the State Government, supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

The three LGAs will collaborate with state government and not-for-profit agencies to develop a strategy that will create a multi-disciplinary framework across the three areas.

The project will be driven by community participation, ownership, empowerment and inclusion.

The strategy is aimed at targeting and intervening in young people’s lives and development which can produce significant long-term social and economic benefits.

Edith Cowan University will also be involved in the project. The university will work Bunbury, Capel and Dardanup as well community groups such as Investing in Our Youth, the Early Years Network, local schools and other organisations with an early years focus.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said he was happy the project was a collaborative approach and looked forward to actioning the plan once complete.

“This strategy is a first for Bunbury and the surrounding LGAs and is to ensure our young people are given the best start to life,” Mayor Brennan said.

“Together we will facilitate and support all major stakeholders in the children services sector to carry out identified actions in the strategy.”

The strategy will be driven by community groups and will be closely linked with other strategies such as the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan.