New youth initiative to grow skills

A ten-week program run by the City of Karratha Youth Services Team at The Youth Shed and the Safer Communities Partnership will see young men in the region learn the basics of bike mechanics.

Working in pairs, program participants will refurbish an old bike before donating it to a charity of their choice. They will then begin work on a second bike which will become their own.

The BikeRescue program, run in conjunction with the WA Police and supported by Dismantle will be held as part of ‘Guys Day’ on Tuesday afternoons at The Youth Shed throughout term four.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the program would provide young men with mechanical skills and the ‘Guys only’ aspect created a safe space for participants to open up and be themselves.

“Young people in our community have told our youth services team that they want to learn and develop their skills and this program is just the first of many that will be implemented across all towns should ‘Guys Day – BikeRescue edition’ be successful,” Cr Long said.

“Many youth organisations have come together to provide this opportunity to young men in our community and we will look to provide a course of similar merit in our ‘Girlz Day’ sessions in the new year,” he said.

“This program has been developed and run successfully in other regions of Australia however this is the first time the program will operate as a ten-week course in a regional area. We are very excited to be pioneering this format and expect participants to gain a lot from the program.”

Dismantle CEO Pat Ryan said the expansion of the BikeRescue program into the City of Karratha would promote further partnerships between youth organisations and provide excellent opportunities for young people in regional areas.

“We’re really excited to partner with the City of Karratha to bring BikeRescue to the North-West,” Mr Ryan said.

“BikeRescue is an award winning youth program and achieves strong social outcomes, particularly with at-risk young people.But as a small organisation based in Perth it’s difficult to expand our program’s reach beyond our team in Perth. That’s why strong partnerships with other youth agencies is key and it’s the start of bringing our activities to young people across WA.”

‘Guys Day – Bike Rescue edition’ will run the length of term four and the program is already at capacity. More information about the project and involvement in future opportunities is available at www.karratha.wa.gov.au.

The Safer Communities Partnership is a joint initiative comprising representatives from City of Karratha, WA Police, Housing Authority, Rio Tinto and Woodside operated North West Shelf Project working together to keep the City of Karratha safe.