The Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation will receive $400,000 from Healthway to deliver health-focused programs and activities across remote communities in the Kimberley region.
The Smarter than Smoking Active Communities Project will be available to approximately 15,000 children and young people from 37 Kimberley communities, funding a range of activities, including sports carnivals, leadership camps and workshops promoting and building skills to support smoke-free and healthy lifestyles.
The Garnduwa Amboorny Wirnan Aboriginal Corporation will be working with local organisations, including the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service, to deliver the programs.
Health Minister Roger Cook praised the grant and what it would deliver for the greater north.
“This is a terrific community project providing opportunities for Kimberley kids to participate in activities and programs that support their health and get them active,” Mr Cook said.
“Sport is such an important tool for promoting community health and encouraging young people to be active and healthy.
“This is part of an important strategy in reducing smoking rates and improving overall health and wellbeing.”