Program engages youth

Taelor PeluseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Busselton Basketball Association's Garry and Rohan Stokes with City club development officer Pam Glossop, Choose Respect chairwoman Chris Ravenscroft, Vasse MLA Libby Mettam and Mayor Grant Henley.
Camera IconBusselton Basketball Association's Garry and Rohan Stokes with City club development officer Pam Glossop, Choose Respect chairwoman Chris Ravenscroft, Vasse MLA Libby Mettam and Mayor Grant Henley. Credit: Busselton Dunsborough Times, Taelor Pelusey

The City of Busselton will soon launch a range of Friday night youth programs after receiving a financial injection of more than $11,000 from the State Government.

The City will host Friday night R Culture youth engagement programs at the Busselton Youth Precinct and Skate Park from February 24 until the end of April.

Each session involves a physical component and will be based on the behaviour codes of Choose Respect, an initiative aimed at promoting mutual respect in people of all ages.

Choose Respect chairwoman Chris Ravenscroft told the Times she was thrilled to be involved.

“I’m happy to be on board with opportunities connecting youth in the local community,” she said.

The Choose Respect code of behaviour themes include treating oneself and others with respect; choosing to forgive; rising above revenge; apologising; supporting others; and asking for support when needed.

Basketball WA, Skateboarding WA and Freestyle NOW have also signed on to R Culture and will alternate hosting basketball, scooter and BMX, and skate jams.

Busselton Basketball Association president Garry Stokes said the association was keen to get behind any initiative aimed at keeping youth active.

“They mightn’t necessarily play structured games, but it’s an opportunity to play,” he said.

“And more kids at any level keeping fit and healthy is good.”

Vasse MLA Libby Mettam congratulated the City on its success in the Government’s Community Crime Prevention Fund and moves to keep the region’s youth engaged.

“It’s important the skate park is dominated by this sort of positive activity, limiting any potential for graffiti crime or antisocial behaviour,” she said.

“Education is an important part of helping prevent antisocial behaviour and establishing a respectful culture among our youth, and I am delighted that the State Government is supporting such a important local initiative.”

R Culture is also supported by Busselton Police and LAMP Inc.

For more information, contact the City at 9781 0444.

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