Residential facility to support Martu students opens

Published on Tuesday, 16 August 2022 at 11:13:00 AM

Martu students from remote communities now have greater access to secondary schooling and vocational programs, following the opening of a new residential facility for students in Newman.

The project, which received $4 million in funding from the State Government's Recovery Fund, involved the conversion of three houses to provide separate accommodation for male and female students, and a common administration and meeting place.

The houses were gifted by BHP to Jamukurnu-Yapalikurnu Aboriginal Corporation (JYAC) which was previously known as Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation.

The project was developed by the Martu Schools Alliance in a partnership with JYAC and the Pilbara Development Commission.

Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

"We have worked for many years to get this important project up and running.

"We hope it will be a game-changer for kids growing up in Martu communities, allowing them access to high school training.

"Students will receive personal and educational support to help them adjust to the challenges of a larger school."

Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Tony Buti:

"Reducing educational disadvantage is a key part of the State Government's plan for Closing the Gap

"Projects like these make learning more accessible to students in remote areas where barriers to education are often greater."

Comments attributed to Jamukurnu-Yapalikurnu Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson Melvin Farmer:

"Martu children who want to further their academic studies need to be able to do that close to family and country and without having to go away to the city or other distant places.

"The Martu Student Hostel will allow students who want a good high school education to have that without moving away from their families.

"Families can stay on-country and in communities and know their children are safe and getting a good education close to home.

"The Martu Student Hostel will be a place for learning and for these young people to become the Martu leaders of tomorrow."

Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel

"The Martu student residential facility will significantly support young Martu people to access a broader range of secondary and vocational learning opportunities, while staying connected with family on country.

"The McGowan Government is pleased to support this project to ensure Martu students can meaningfully engage in the Pilbara economy, while retaining a strong connection to culture and country."

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