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New funding targets after-hours youth activities in Palmerston

Palmerston Local Members, Eva Lawler and Tony Sievers, announced $250,000 in extra grant funding for Palmerston based community groups to deliver additional after-hours youth activities.

The additional funding compliments the Territory Government’s commitment to put children at the centre of their decisions, and supports plans for overhauling the youth justice system by engaging more with kids to get them off the street and tackle crime before it happens.

“As the Minister for Education and a local Palmerston Member I know it is essential that we provide engaging opportunities for our kids,” Ms Lawler said.

“We know that investing in our kids makes a difference — not just in education outcomes, but in health, employment and disadvantage.

“Tony Sievers and I have been talking to local organisations and they are excited about the programs they can run with this extra funding. These grants will give young people in Palmerston a range of additional engaging and innovative after hours activities to get involved in.”

The $250,000 in extra funding has been made available for Palmerston-based organisations and community groups to run additional evening and school holiday youth activities and programs through until 30 June 2018.

“The evidence is clear; the best approach to breaking the cycle of crime is to stop crime before it even happens. That’s what this grant funding is targeted to do,” she said.

The Local Member for Brennan, Tony Sievers, said this grant funding will go a long way to making Palmerston an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

“The announcement places a strong focus on Palmerston and this extra grant funding will see benefits for our entire community,” Mr Sievers said.

“It’s also good for our local groups to have access to this extra funding, giving them access to even better resources to deliver the services and activities in our communities.

“This will complement our key agenda of implementing 120 additional front line police and building the new $26 million Palmerston police station.”

The two types of grants are:

  • Grants from $1000 to $20 000 for a new activity or short series of activities offered in the evenings or during the Christmas school holiday period and up until the end of the financial year.
  • Grants of up to $80 000 for a program of after-hours activities, including school holiday programs delivered in collaboration with other service providers/community groups.

Territory Families’ Office of Youth Affairs also provides a range of universal services Territory-wide via two key grant programs:

  • Youth Engagement Grants Program, which provides funding for universally targeted school holiday activities, youth development and youth leadership opportunities, including Northern Territory Youth Week initiatives.
  • Regional Youth Services Program, which from 2014-18 provides funding for early intervention and prevention activities, including recreation and life skills at youth centres, during school holiday periods in Tennant Creek, Katherine, East Arnhem and Alice Springs.

Source: NT Government