The Rotary Club of Margaret River saw the enormous difference in opportunities for education between the well resourced and motivated school communities of Margaret River and the remote indigenous community of Punmu in the eastern Pilbara region of W
The Rotary Club of Margaret River saw the enormous difference in opportunities for education between the well resourced and motivated school communities of Margaret River and the remote indigenous community of Punmu in the eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia. To encourage school attendance and to promote healthy lifestyles in the Punmu community, the Rotary Club led the construction of a new shaded, multi-sport court complex attached to the school. The sport complex motivates children to attend school, enriches the school program and assists the school to occupy the key role in the community. Education and school attendance are the key ingredients to providing opportunities for independence through employment for the next generation at communities such as Punmu. Our partners in the project included the WA State Government (Department of Sport and Recreation), the Punmu community, the RAWA schoolat Punmu, the Martu Trust, Newcrest Mining and a host of sympathetic sub contractors and friends of Rotary. The facility dominates the landscape at Punmu. It was built with the direct involvement of the community from planning through construction to completion. It provides the opportunity to the people of Punmu (and surrounding Martu communities) to be involved in their own opportunities through education. The project has given our Rotary Club a tremendous sense of satisfaction and we feel privileged to have been involved. We believe the project illustrates the deep well of goodwill in the Australian community and the determination of ordinary people to take direct action to provide opportunities and dignity to indigenous communities.