Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The City of Mandurah has partnered with Leeuwin Ocean Adventure to offer a Mandurah family the opportunity to board the STS Leeuwin II for the relationship-building Parent Project voyage.

The 2018 Parent Project, run in partnership with Relationships Australia WA, is a three-day voyage aimed at building strong family relationships and communication in a fun, safe and supportive sailing environment.

The City’s $1000 scholarship will allow for one parent, guardian or grandparent and one young person (aged 12 years and over) to join the journey from March 3-5, departing from Fremantle.

Relationships Australia will be running workshops on board designed to develop family relationships between parents and teenagers.

For more than 30 years, Leeuwin has been taking young Western Australians on voyages of adventure and challenge, during which they learn about themselves and their relationships with others. Leeuwin is the only tall-ship in the state offering sail-training, a proven way of building confidence, self-awareness, resilience, communication and sense of achievement in young people.

The Parent Project started last year, and uses the magic of tall-ship sailing to build some of these same skills in families. The unique voyage is based on the key pillars of communication, togetherness, sharing activities, support, acceptance, commitment and resilience.

Mayor Rhys Williams said the City of Mandurah was proud to partner with the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure to provide a local young person with the exciting personal development opportunity.

“We’re excited to be working with the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation to provide this opportunity for a local young person to take part in this voyage,” he said.

“The Leeuwin is one of WA’s best youth leadership development opportunities, and we’re pleased to be able to support a local young person to take part.

“We want to support more of these initiatives, and would invite members of the community to come forward with suggestions on how we can do more to develop the skills and aspirations of our local young people.”

“The City of Mandurah’s support for this voyage program reflects its commitment to young people and families. We are so pleased to have the City on board,” Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Chief Executive Officer Carol Shannon said.

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure is now calling for entries for the 2018 Parent Project voyage. For more information and to apply, go to

Applications close on Monday, February 12, 2018.