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Wheatbelt regional visit report released

The Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit has released a report on his recent visit to the Wheatbelt.

The Commissioner spent two days in York, Pingelly and Narrogin meeting with local children and young people as well as staff from local agencies, service providers and schools.

“I was very pleased to meet with so many service providers and hear of their work with children and young people and their families and hear some of the issues that are unique to people living in and around York, Pingelly and Narrogin,” Mr Pettit said.

“Visiting York District High School and Narrogin Senior High School to see for myself the varied programs offered by these schools to enhance their students learning and to hear from the students about what they enjoy about their schools was a highlight of my trip.

“I was honoured to be served lunch by hospitality students at Narrogin Senior High School’s Hill Top Café and enjoyed a wonderful meal to a standard worthy of any café in Perth.”

Children and young people spoke positively about their communities, however the need for additional facilities was raised by many.

In particular, the need for a youth centre in Narrogin that meets the needs of young people, provides a safe place to hang out and offers fun and engaging activities, has been identified.

The Commissioner regularly visits regional and rural Western Australian communities to give children and young people in these areas the opportunity have their views heard.