The City of Mandurah Council has entered into a partnership agreement with the Coodanup Clontarf Academy located at Coodanup Community College. Under the partnership agreement the City will contribute $15,000 per annum to the Academy over the next three years.
The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningfully in society.
It is the opportunity to provide our young Aboriginal men with better job prospects that particularly excites Mandurah Mayor, Rhys Williams.
“We know that youth unemployment is an issue in our community, and is an issue we are taking seriously – this partnership is a step towards providing more opportunities for our young people,” the Mayor said.
“What Clontarf does is nothing short of inspiring,” he said.
“The City has had a good relationship with the Academy since its inception.
“This has extended across City events including the annual Gnoonie Football Cup and during events such as Crab Fest and the Christmas Pageant, where students have volunteered.
“We now look to broaden this partnership to work with industry and local business to better connect the academy and students to the broader community.
“I am hoping that in the future Clontarf students will also take up traineeship and employment opportunities with the City,” the Mayor said.
This proposal is another example of the practical ways in which the City is implementing its Strategic Business Plan, with its focus on local jobs.