Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Statements by Members
Kalamunda Schoolies Timor-Leste Project
I rise to speak about the Kalamunda schoolies Timor-Leste project. It provides year 12 school leavers with an alternative to what has become known as Schoolies Week or Leavers Week. The project commenced in 2008 and the team travels to three destination villages in Timor-Leste to complete humanitarian tasks for villages, such as laying a water pipeline, teaching English, improving community libraries and constructing a youth centre. I commend the project and wish to see similar projects developed around Australia. Such projects are good for students and the community.
In 2010, the team leaves on Sunday, 28 November and arrives back on Saturday, 11 December. I look forward to sending them off and hearing their stories when they arrive back. I congratulate the hard work put in by the committee volunteers who make the project a reality for students in the Shire of Kalamunda. On Saturday, 16 November I attended a quiz night to support these students travelling to Timor-Leste. It was great to see so many supporters of our local community supporting this initiative and I look forward to continuing my support for this project for as long as I am the member for Hasluck.