Funding secured for Tambellup youth worker, Blue Zone youth centre growing

Michael TraillGreat Southern Herald
Sen. Const. Rob Adamczyk and Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup chief Keith Williams receive donations for the Blue Zone.
Camera IconSen. Const. Rob Adamczyk and Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup chief Keith Williams receive donations for the Blue Zone. Credit: WA Police

Funding has been secured for a full-time youth worker to be based in Tambellup for at least three years.

The Shire of Broomehill-Tambellup, a community-owned farm and WA Police all contributed to make the role possible.

Tambellup Sen. Const. Rob Adamczyk said the hunt was on for an emerging community leader to put up their hand for the position.

“We’re looking for a youth worker, a local community member to be trained up ... under the guidance of a few agencies,” he said. “We’re really relying on the community to come forward and show some guidance.”

It is understood that a year of full-time work would be provided to the successful candidate, with employment guaranteed for another two years once they have obtained qualification.

The youth worker would be based at Tambellup’s Blue Zone, engaging at-risk youth in Tambellup, Broomehill and beyond.

Recently, the Blue Zone was bolstered with donations of a PlayStation 4, games and a new TV from WA Police and a member of the WA PCYC. “The idea would be to have the Blue Zone opened three times a week at the most risk hours ... we want to have it opened for dinner, barbecue and games,” Sen. Const. Adamczyk

“It has been sitting a little bit unattended be-cause we haven’t had a full-time youth worker there.

“When we can get down there we do.”

Sen. Const. Adamczyk said the centre would be a big help for officers in the region, helping them take a proactive approach in engaging with local children.

“One of the best benefits of this is it’s crime prevention, which is proactive engagement and mentoring,” he said.

“By having a safe place that is sober and clean with responsible adults and potential role models, we’re trying to nurture the future leaders a little bit so that they go on the right trajectory from an early age.

“We can also identify children who are at-risk through the zone ... It’s being there as police officers and somebody they can talk to.”

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