Top three reads in this week’s Harvey-Waroona Reporter

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Opposition Leader Mia Davies asked for a guarantee women giving birth at local hospitals would be supported and questioned whether there was a risk they could be separated from their newborns if they did not have a fixed address.
Camera IconOpposition Leader Mia Davies asked for a guarantee women giving birth at local hospitals would be supported and questioned whether there was a risk they could be separated from their newborns if they did not have a fixed address. Credit: Danella Bevis/The West Australian, Danella Bevis

In this week’s Harvey-Waroona Reporter, the Harvey Youth Space providing a safe haven to keep more than 100 children off the streets is set to close next month after a long battle for survival, 100 pregnant women are believed to be living without a fixed address in the State’s South in what could be the harshest reality of the housing crisis crippling WA and Harvey product Jack Spence gets selected in the 15s boys’ Australian Rules side.

Youth safe haven forced to close -

Harvey youth space is set to close on September 30
Camera IconHarvey youth space is set to close on September 30 Credit: Kasper Johansen/Harvey-Waroona Reporter/Kasper Johansen

The only facility in Harvey providing a safe haven to keep more than 100 children off the streets is set to close next month after a long battle for survival.

Owned and operated by the Harvey Local Drug Action Group, the Harvey Youth Space runs activities to engage at-risk youngsters and provide an area for them to socialise.

About 10 to 15 young people attend daily with a further 100 participants registered to use the facility, with options to play pool, watch movies or compete in video game competitions.

No fixed address for 100 South West pregnant women -

Pictured - A group of homeless people living in a "tent city"
Camera IconPictured - A group of homeless people living in a "tent city" Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian, Daniel Wilkins Picture: Daniel Wilkins

At least 100 pregnant women are believed to be living without a fixed address in the State’s South in what could be the harshest reality of the housing crisis crippling WA.

Service providers and not-for-profits say they have seen a massive hike in the number of pregnant women without a permanent home as the number of rentals and public housing continue to dry up.

Groups and volunteers supporting expecting mothers with initiatives such as care packs estimate there are more than 100 struggling to find a place to live in the South West.

Jack’s time to shine -

Jack Spence was selected in the SSWA AFL 15s boys team.
Camera IconJack Spence was selected in the SSWA AFL 15s boys team. Credit: Luke McPherson/Harvey-Waroona Reporter/Luke McPherson

Jack Spence was recently selected in the 15s boys’ Australian Rules side.

The Harvey-born player comes from a long line of Bulls.

Jack’s father Ken Spence played for West Perth and the Harvey Bulls, and his mother Katie is part of the well-known Fimmano family.

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