Location: Located on the banks of the Murray and Campaspe Rivers in Victoria (214 km North of Melbourne)
Traditional Country: Yorta Yorta
Began PaL:  2004


Echuca was the second Indigenous community to implement PaL.

Although a long way from Napranum, (going from remote north Queensland to a rural Victorian township), Echuca was an excellent test of the program’s flexibility and transferability.

Support for the initial implementation phase of PaL (2004/2005) was provided by the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, The Westpac Foundation and the Rio Tinto Aboriginal Foundation. PaL was delivered to families in Echuca from 2004 to 2014. In Echuca ‘parents expected to do PaL with their children’ and were ‘really proud to be part of PaL’.



    "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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