Esperance corporation receives grant for pallet program

Woodwork: Esperance Police first class constable John Greenlees, ENAC assisant operations manager Robert Woods, operation manager Grant Gillard and constable Korric Worrell. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Woodwork: Esperance Police first class constable John Greenlees, ENAC assisant operations manager Robert Woods, operation manager Grant Gillard and constable Korric Worrell. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

Esperance Nyungar Aboriginal Corporation will soon launch a program to engage local youths at risk, in partnership with WA Police.

The corporation has secured a grant of $26,900 from the police under the Crime Prevention Fund for its 'Pallet to Furniture' project.

Corporation services manager Sandie Gillard said the project would run for about four months at the organisation's on-site workshop.

The organisation will use the grant to purchase the additional materials and the pallets required.

The project will see groups of participants select items or furniture to construct using the wood.

The corporation has run a similar project in the past with great success.

Mrs Gillard said the project would be collaborative and was aimed at youth at risk, 13-years and older.

"The kids that will be involved will be kids at risk," she said.

"These kids are bored they've got nothing to do.

"Apart from that they need guidance and mentoring."

Mrs Gillard said the Pallet to Furniture project also provided an opportunity for young artists to paint on their creations or burn designs on the furniture.

"There are lots of different outlets for their talents and their needs," she said.

Mrs Gillard said two Nyungar elders would be brought in to speak with and mentor project participants.

"They will be spending quite a bit of time talking to them and, if necessary, there will be a weekend camp or two," she said.

"The elders will take them out bush.

"We have found that that's worked really well before."

Mrs Gillard thanked WA Police for the grant and for its ongoing support of the corporation.

"We appreciate the support of the police very much, they're wonderful," she said.

"We just love the police and we're very happy to work with them on this project."