Students and community groups from across the State will continue to enjoy six camp school sites and Landsdale Farm School, with new operators announced.
Family Support WA, founded in 1996 by parents and staff of Landsdale Farm School, has been selected to manage and operate the Landsdale facility.
The not-for-profit organisation will take over the running of the farm, providing programs and opportunities for students and people with disability by building strong relationships with special needs schools and disability services organisations.
Additionally, the organisation plans to develop education programs that link farm activities with the Western Australian curriculum for visiting school groups. The general public will also have continued access.
Fairbridge WA has been selected to operate the six camp schools in Bridgetown, Dampier, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Pemberton and Point Peron.
Public school students will continue to receive priority access to the camp school sites.
Fairbridge WA has committed to providing students and other members of the community access to school camps and outdoor activities that are high-quality, affordable and available to all schools.
The organisation specialises in camp accommodation and outdoor education, and has an emphasis on helping disadvantaged young people.
The WA Department of Education will contribute $250,000 per year to Fairbridge WA to ensure camping experiences remain consistent across all sites.
In December 2017, as part of Budget saving measures, the WA Government announced the WA Department of Education would cease funding the ongoing operations of six camp school sites and the Landsdale Farm School facility from 2019, and seek alternative providers to maintain access for schools.
Source: WA Government