Kim Chance

Kim Chance

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt; Great Southern

    YMCA Mobile Youth Service heading to the Wheatbelt

    27/09/2007 2:00 PM
     
    27/9/07

    Wheatbelt Minister Kim Chance today announced the State Government would provide a $147,500 grant to help young people living in the Wheatbelt region to keep active and connected to supportive networks.

    Mr Chance said the grant would enable the YMCA’s Mobile Youth Service to conduct regional outreach in the Central Wheatbelt during the next 12 months.

    “The YMCA’s mobile youth centres have proven to be incredibly popular with regional youth. The service, which is staffed by trained youth workers, offers a one-stop shop for recreation, networking and information,” he said.

    “Young people can take part in sporting activities such as skating, volleyball, badminton and basketball, music workshops and arts, crafts and media projects. At the same time, they can access information on careers, health and leadership opportunities and receive support if needed.”

    Each of the Central Wheatbelt shires will host the mobile service once every school term. The service will run from Thursday to Sunday.

    “The mobile youth centres offer the community a tool that provides young people with a place where they can meet and interact in constructive and challenging activities,” the Minister said.

    “This is particularly important in regions where there is increasing pressure to meet community demand for youth services and social infrastructure.

    “This is a great project that will help build a sense of pride, engagement and belonging for young people in the towns where they live.”

    The $147,500 grant has been provided to the YMCA of Perth from the Western Australian Regional Initiatives Scheme (WARIS), part of the Carpenter Government’s $80million Regional Investment Fund.

    Mr Chance said the Government was using the strong economy to deliver better services to the regions.

    Further information about WARIS is available from the Department of Local Government and Regional Development on 92171 500 or visit http://www.dlgrd.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 9213 6700