Shire of Kulin, WA, for Camp Kulin—Transcript

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Tanya Dupagne: Kulin is a small town located in the W.A. wheat belt, so major industries are farming and agriculture and, yeah, very, very small community, really lovely little country town.

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The Shire of Kulin has the most amazing facilities.

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The facilities were sitting underutilized because there wasn't enough people in the town, the population steadily decreasing, so we run the Camp Kulin program and it's a combination of a number of different things. We provide local programming for kids living in Kulin, we provide arts programming. We have our general camp program which is for any child in W.A., our scholarship camp program which is for children who have been affected by some form of childhood trauma.

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And then our leadership development volunteer program which is basically training the next generation of leaders.

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The major facility we're based at is the Kulin Retreat, which is a hostel that sleeps 50 people.

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Then directly across the road from that is the Recreation Centre, which is a state of the art facility, massive basketball courts, two big function rooms.

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Then directly across the road from that is the aquatic centre, so massive swimming pools, the biggest water slide in regional Australia.

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People are actually coming from literally right around the state now. We have kids driving ten hours each way to come to access these programs.

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I think the big thing we're doing that is different is the age group we're working with.

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There are a lot of programs for kids 12 plus. There are a lot of programs for kids zero to five.

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There's not a lot for kids in that middle age group, and that's when we can actually have the biggest impact.

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We have kids go from not speaking to willing to stand up in front of a group.

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We also have kids that were suicidal prior to coming to camp, that are no longer suicidal at the end of the week.

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And that has been sustained, so two years on they're still reporting that that child's confidence improved so much that they're going on now to leadership roles.

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And I think it's really important that other local governments, particularly small local governments, can see what's actually possible.

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It has been a huge thing for us just to be recognised. Like for the tiny Shire of Kulin to be up on a national scale being recognised as one of the top programs, that is just an amazing opportunity for us.

[Text appears on screen: Camp Kulin, Shire of Kulin, WA. Multicultural Australia—Strength in Diversity CATEGORY WINNER. Australian Coat of Arms appears with text: Australian Government. Logo and text appears on the bottom right of screen: National Awards 2015 for Local Government]

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Last Updated: 18 June, 2015