Size Matters

In making a family literacy program accessible and inclusive for all Western Australians, geographical constraints offer enormous challenges.  Western Australia is unique in not only the area it covers, but also in the spread of our population over the entire state.

Australia and the United States - Visual Comparison

  • Western Australia covers more than 2.6 million square kilometres (10,021,748 square miles) - the combined size of Alaska and Texas - with a population of 2.6 million people

 
  • The State is divided into 139 local governments with over 100 of these being in regional and remote Western Australia. 

  • The largest of these local governments, East Pilbara, covers 372,301 square kilometres (143,746 square miles) - roughly the size of California or Japan, and with a population of just 8,000 people

It may be hard to imagine providing resources and supporting networks across an area 13 times the size of the state of Washington (and with four times the population), but Better Beginnings is working with 100% of Western Australian local governments and has delivered over 479,000 reading packs to date.

As a teacher of over 30 years, I have witnessed the Better Beginnings program helping to transform children’s lives and given them greater potential to grow, learn and develop, perform well at school and succeed in later life.
Councillor David Lagan, Deputy Mayor, City of Stirling

I tell stories in Vietnamese and read to my children in English.  I only started reading English after receiving Better Beginnings. 
Parent
 

One mother reads with her four year old every afternoon after school now.  She said without these books, they would not have any to read. 
Teacher, Remote Community School
 

It’s wonderful to have support across the community emphasising the importance of reading and language development. 
Community Health Nurse
 

…I never thought of reading to my baby.  Better Beginnings has really boosted my confidence.
Parent