Federal member for Page Kevin Hogan has welcomed the announcement that Goonellabah has been shortlisted for the next round of the Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).
HIPPY is a $100 million Australian Government-funded initiative which helps Indigenous communities put their children on the path to school success.
“Goonellabah is among 31 sites shortlisted for the next round of funding, which will be reduced to 25 after consultation with each of the shortlisted communities,” Mr Hogan said.
“HIPPY gives parents the opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future school success for local children and it’s great to see Goonellabah in the mix for the next round of the programme.”
“However, this is just the beginning and I encourage everyone in the community to get involved in the consultation process and have their say to ensure Goonellabah has the best opportunity for success.”
The Brotherhood of St Laurence and HIPPY Australia, which manage the $100 million programme, will be undertaking the community consultation sessions.
A local consultation session is expected to be held sometime between June 2014 and September 2014, with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and HIPPY Australia to advise the specific time and location closer to the date.
HIPPY, which starts in the year before formal schooling, is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood learning programme which empowers parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher.