Lotterywest grant to improve outcomes for Fairbridge College students

Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, Youth Minister Peter Tinley and Fairbridge chief executive David Russell.
Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, Youth Minister Peter Tinley and Fairbridge chief executive David Russell.

TWO new buses to take disadvantaged and at-risk young students to Fairbridge College will result from a $145,000 Lotterywest grant to the college.

The grant was presented to Fairbridge today by Youth Minister Peter Tinley and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke.

The bus service is an important key in maintaining student attendance at the college and the grant will help fund the replacement of two smaller buses that will be able to transport up to 132 students.

Now in its third year, Fairbridge College has 85 students who are picked up and dropped off from a number of points between Fairbridge and Mandurah.

By December, at least 15 students will have completed a Certificate 1 in Leadership as well as a trade certificate.

Other students are completing school traineeships in hospitality and work experience in carpentry as they work towards securing full-time employment.

Since 1997, the State Government has approved 21 Lotterywest grants totalling $4,392, 996 to Fairbridge.

The funding allowed for a number of improvements including upgrading and increasing accommodation available to Aboriginal students and apprentice and supporting a vacation care program and a women’s development and leadership program.