There’s no doubt the Clontarf Academy has been a revelation when it comes to turning around the lives of young men.
Which is why Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders was excited to be involved in the opening of the Wellington Clontarf academy in September.
Since its inception in 2000, Clontarf has been involved in helping more than 3000 young men of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent complete their Year 12 schooling and find employment.
Dubbo has had a Clontarf for many years, and Mr Saunders said it is vital to expand the Foundation into other communities.
“For many years I’ve been in awe of the work Clontarf has done, and I’ve seen firsthand through the Dubbo academy how it changes lives,” he said.
“So for Wellington to have its own Academy is a wonderful outcome for the community.
“Unfortunately there is a stigma associated with Wellington but I know it’s something that a lot of people in the town want to change, and by working with the youth in the town that is a good start.”