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Youth in the Snowy Monaro region will be given more opportunities to live, work, study and play, after two youth projects received a massive funding boost today.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor announced that both the Regional Youth Development Entertainment and Recreation (RYDER) program and HUBGrade Cooma were successful in the latest round of the Stronger Countries Communities Fund.

Mr Barilaro said it is great to see two projects that benefit the region’s youth receive the funding needed to continue to provide opportunities.

“The $265,000 funding boost for the RYDER program will ensure our young people, no matter where they live in the Snowy Monaro region, can access the youth activities already on offer,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Where you live shouldn’t dictate the services available, particularly for our youth, and I’m excited to see this RYDER program expand and grow thanks to the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

“This program already provides so many benefits, by delivering a range of activities, resources and entertainment that our young people need to grow and succeed.

“We’re hoping to continue to build on the program’s success, with the funding to be spent on providing more services and covering the cost of travel so all young people can access what’s on offer.”

HUBGrade Cooma was also successful, as part of round three of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Mr Barilaro said the nearly $169,000 grant will see the existing youth space in Cooma transformed to meet the current needs of the region’s youth.

“The existing Hub Youth Centre benefits more than a 1,000 young people every year, but the current facility is in need of an upgrade,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NSW Government and Snowy Monaro Regional Council will work with our youth about what they want as we move ahead, with upgrading and expanding this space.”

Minister Taylor said that both projects were well-placed to tackle the unique issues and challenges facing young people living in regional NSW today.

“Meeting the current and future needs of young people in regional areas is so important and both of these projects will enable young people in the Snowy Monaro to live, learn and prosper.”

“Together, we can help to overcome unique challenges and deliver real benefits and opportunities for young people living in regional communities”.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council Mayor Peter Beer said the funding boost will help continue to grow the opportunities young people have in the region.

“Our community boasts a significant number of engaged and community focussed young people and these very exciting announcements will help improve their access to important services,” Councillor Beer said.

“I thank Mr Barilaro and Minister Taylor for their ongoing support for our youth in the Snowy Monaro.”

The $400 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in local programs and infrastructure that improve the lives of people living in regional NSW.

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