I always knew reading to my kids was important, but this has opened my eyes to how important and how much.
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.
Western Australia covers more than 2.5 million square kilometres (965,000 square miles) - the combined size of Alaska and Texas - with a population of 2.5 million people.
The State is divided into 138 local governments with over 100 of these being in regional and remote Western Australia.
The largest of these local governments, East Pilbara, covers 378,571 square kilometres (146,167 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 nearly 200,000 reading packs to date.