The town of Carnarvon as a whole should receive the reward offered for information leading to the safe return of Cleo Smith, according to local MP Vince Catania.
As the town settles back into some normality after the worldwide interest in the case of the little girl lost then found after 18 days, Mr Catania said he had been “overwhelmed by the united strength and steely resolve” of the Smith family and the community as a whole.
And in recognition, he called on Premier Mark McGowan and his Government to reward the Carnarvon community who contributed to resolving the case with the million dollars “to help the town to re-build and heal”
“Words just can’t describe the elation surrounding the safe return of little Cleo and the outpouring of emotional joy and relief, with an outcome everyone across our community, our state and our country had been praying and hoping for,” the Member for North-West Central said.
“Little Cleo’s rescue was just an outstanding effort and the culmination of the dedication and commitment of her family, the WA Police, hundreds of people and resources and our resilient community”.
“The availability of on-going support and resources will be important in helping the community to maintain the strong spirit of the community and move forward positively”.
He said the money could be put towards counselling services, enhanced security and CCTV systems across the town and popular remote camping sites
He also said support for volunteer groups, and positive promotion of our town, were also options that had been suggested to him.
“The dedicated work of our WA Police force and support teams in bringing little Cleo home needs to be congratulated and celebrated,” Mr Catania said.
“As well as the WA Police, there are also many other unsung heroes that worked tirelessly – volunteers, including the SES, Marine Rescue Services, St Johns, the Army Reserves, local helicopter providers, countless businesses and many community members”.
“I’m so proud to be able to represent a community that in times of crisis pull together to look after each other …. a remarkable community which should be rewarded.”