Buses reduce Halls Creek barriers

December 12, 2018

Shooting Stars’ Halls Creek site has expanded its positive impact throughout the community by extending the use of two vehicles purchased with a Lotterywest grant earlier this year.

Glass Jar Australia, who operates Shooting Stars purchased two buses to transport participants to access camps, physical activities, sporting carnivals, Back to Country events, and cultural projects.

Shooting Stars is an initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia and uses netball to encourage greater engagement and attendance at school of young Aboriginal girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns.

Since Term Four Shooting Stars has embarked on a morning pick-up service with the buses, which has also put the wheels in motion for the program to establish a positive community presence.

Shooting Stars Kimberley Manager Helen Ockerby said the bus had been instrumental to not just the program’s Halls Creek participants, with the service breaking down barriers within the local community.

“Most days we pick up 10-15 girls and have often given a lift to family members to support the whole household in coming to school on time,” Ockerby said.

“The service has been invaluable in committing to our participants and showing them the importance of coming to school.”

“We have had the privilege of a Shooting Stars mum Rosita Dolby joining Assistant Site Coordinator Melanie De La Coeur in facilitating the service.”

Halls Creek is one of eight Shooting Stars sites across Western Australia, with the program aspiring to work with 20 schools by the end of 2021.

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An initiative of Netball WA and Glass Jar Australia, Shooting Stars is an educational program that uses netball and other tools as vehicles to achieve its primary vision of increasing school attendance rates for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) girls living in WA’s remote communities and regional towns to 80-90%.

The program now engages more than 350 students across eight delivery sites, with an average attendance improvement of 18% across the board, while 60% of participants maintain an average attendance rate of 80% or above. Furthermore, the Program is a key driver in creating equality for female leaders and generational change, with 83% of its staff and 50% of its Board identifying as Indigenous.

Shooting Stars enjoys the backing of the governing body for netball in Netball WA, and with that support comes nearly 100 years of professional expertise in community programs and development. To find out more about the program, including information about making philanthropic donations, visit www.shootingstars.com.au.