New Youth Programs opened by the Hon. Minister Tinley AM MLA

NPY Women’s Council has received funding from the Western Australian Government to deliver new Youth Programs to the Mantamaru (Jameson) and Papulankutja (Blackstone) communities in the Ngaanyatjarra lands for the next 3 years.

The NPY Women’s Council Youth Programs will support remote Yarnangu young people and their communities to lead safe and healthy lives through culturally relevant education, recreation and leadership activities.

The Hon. Minister Peter Tinley AM, MLA and delegates visited Papulankutja, Irrunytju and Mantamaru communities in the Ngaanyatjarra Lands to officially open the programs and to speak with the communities about their interests.

The visit was important to the communities and NPY Women’s Council and gave Yarnangu the opportunity to speak directly with the Minister about their worries and their hopes for children, young people and their communities.

“Young people are very special to us. We would like to see something good happening for our young people, because they are the future of tomorrow” said NPY Women’s Chairperson Maime Butler.

It was a great honour to host the Minister’s visit, which was filled with community meetings, rounds of softball, checking out the school holiday activities at the Mantamaru recreation hall and a tour of the Ng Media studios where the Minister got to jam with youth workers Azaria Foster & Shardina Tunkin.

NPY Women’s Council would like to say a special thank you to Yarnangu in these communities, in particular Carlton Reid Chairperson for Papulankutja community, Chris Reid Chairperson for Irrunytju community and Elvis McLean Deputy Chairperson for Mantamaru.  Also a special thank you to our Chairperson Maimie Butler and Director Janet Forbes for being our wonderful hosts.