Youth services boosted in Bombala
Support services and recreational programs for young people in Bombala and surrounds have received a boost, thanks to the latest round of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor today announced nearly $170,000 for the Bombala Youth Booth Pilot Program. Mr Barilaro said the community driven project will help address the need for youth services in the region.
“The community have been crying out for more youth services to be based locally in Bombala so our young people don’t have to travel more than an hour to Cooma to access the services they need,” Mr Barilaro said. “We will be working with the community to create a safe and inclusive youth hub where our young people will be able to learn, grow and connect with others. “The pilot program will be run four days a week from Wednesday to Saturday, with young people aged 12 to 24 years able to take part in the recreation, education and well-being programs on offer.”
Ms Taylor said the pilot program is an exciting opportunity to expand the youth services on offer in the Snowy Monaro region. “It is so important to have great youth services regardless of where you live,” Ms Taylor said. “The pilot program has so many opportunities and in the near future we hope to provide case-management, support and advocacy for disadvantaged and at-risk youth through this excellent local service.”
Youth Booth Founder and President Jackie Mellon thanked the NSW Government for the support and said she is excited to get this community-led project off the ground. “We can’t wait to start working with the community to deliver this project and watch it grow into something amazing. We would like to thank Mr Barilaro and Ms Taylor for giving our grassroots organisation a shot.”
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