Loopline museum open for holiday visit

Brent Wearmouth, Billey-Jean Parsons, 10, Crystal Thomas, 15, Joshua Hassett, 13, and Matt Cracknell.Picture: Mary Meagher / Kalgoorlie Miner

The delights of Boulder’s Loopline Railway Museum fascinated children taking part in the GIFSA School Holiday Program yesterday.

Some 19 disabled children aged six to 17 took part in the first day of the Goldfields Individual and Family Support Association program.

GIFSA community and teams facilitator Serena Kaese said the program would run for two days during each week of the holidays, providing parents with a break.

Ms Kaese said most of the children had autism, with cases ranging from mild to severe.

She said the holiday program allowed the children to spend time with others like themselves, got them into the community, and also let them learn about Goldfields history.

Activities today would include a visit to the movies and karaoke, while next week’s activities in-cluded a disco, games and skating at Boulder’s Palace Theatre, she said.

Tammy Hassett’s son Josh was taking part in the holiday program.

Ms Hassett said she appreciated what GIFSA was offering because it allowed Josh to be in a place where “he is accepted for who he is”.

“There is no judgment. It is beautiful,” she said.

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