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A dedicated education centre aimed at engaging remote and regional students in alternative educational programs has been opened today in Tennant Creek.

The Juno Centre focuses on engaging young people in schooling and keeping them involved by integrating art, sport, music, health and learning on country as well as Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs.

Minister for Education Eva Lawler said the Territory Labor Government has allocated $1 million per year to operate the ‘
Healthy Life Creative Life’
program at the Juno Centre.

“We believe that investing in education isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s the smart thing to do for the Territory’s future,” Ms Lawler said.

“One of our key election commitments was to implement the
Healthy Life Creative Life
program; to work with students who are at risk of disengaging from school and their local communities.

“Investing more into education makes a difference — not just in education outcomes, but in health, employment and overcoming disadvantage.”

The Juno Centre aligns with the Pastoral Futures program, which is designed to provide pathways into the agricultural industry. The Pastoral Futures program partners with the Central Land Council, Northern Land Council, Indigenous Land Corporation, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association and the Department of Primary Industry and Resources.

“Partnering with quality organisations produces quality results. The Pastoral Futures program has seen terrific engagement in the Barkly region and the Juno Centre will allow that to develop even further,” Ms Lawler said.

“By working with youth service providers, community groups, non‑government organisations and other government agencies, a broad range of programs will be facilitated at Juno, providing students with greater support.

“The programs and support offered at the Juno Centre will enable students in the Barkly region to transition back into their schools to continue with their learning, or progress into further training or to a job”

Minister for Housing and Community Development and local Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy said the Juno Centre will offer exciting training and education opportunities for Barkly students.

“I congratulate the Minister for Education for investing in the future of remote and regional students in the Barkly,” Mr McCarthy said.

“I have seen firsthand how alternative education programs can change the direction of a young person’s future for the better, which has a positive flow on effect throughout our community.”

Juno will be fully operational from Term 1 2018, delivering residential and in-reach programs for Years 7 -12 students in the Barkly region.

There will be a strong focus on working with communities and industry to provide the right programs, which include both accredited and non-accredited training.

A Healthy Life Creative Life program is also planned for the Katherine Region and complements the range of education pathway options for students across the Territory.

Media Contact:

For Eva Lawler: Jake Hauritz – 0478 128 268
For Gerry McCarthy: Emmanuel Clarke – 0428 497 154