Traditional Country:  Wanaruah
Location:  Inland NSW (127km North / West of Newcastle)
Began PaL:  2009

pal_muswellMuswellbrook was one of the first communities to trial the BookStart Program.

Based at the Wanaruah Land Council, Muswellbrook PaL has been supported since 2009 by the Aboriginal Community Development Fund, Rio Tinto Coal and Allied and more recently by Mach Energy. The PaL Tutors work in conjunction with Muswellbrook South Primary School and liaise regularly with other early childhood services to ensure the PaL message reaches families across the community.


    "For the kids its giving them something extra to look forward to and something they look at as their own.....they feel as if they're a big child, y'know, a big kid themselves.... I got my homework too."
    PaL Tutor

    "He never used to sit and read books like this before.....he learns to read and sit,now he wants to write his name."
    PaL Parent

    "I like them because they are very good and I learn about stuffs. I read books for my little sister and make her go to sleep."
    PaL Child Participant

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