NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities fund's latest $54,000 investment goes to helping the Gunning District Association's partnership with service delivery organisations as they deliver a two year Youth Social Inclusion Pilot Program across Upper Lachlan Shire Council.
This will see the planning and delivery of youth activities and events in the region to boost referrals to youth providers and health services based in the nearby Goulburn Mulwaree and Yass Valley Council areas.
Useful lessons for other Rural Agricultural LGAs wanting to leverage services from nearby Regional centre will be gained from this.
"The project arose out of proposals from Gunning District Association, particularly their youth members who were hoping to achieve a range of benefits," member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said.
"From improved access to services for young people to a better understanding of our regional youth, the pilot will also further opportunities for social connection between young people from different areas across the Shire."
GDA representative Gavin Douglas was grateful for the investment.
"Based on attendance at the Dalton Youth Day and other youth activities held in Gunning, the program will directly benefit 310 young people aged 12-25, with indirect and future benefits to some 21 per cent of the Upper Lachlan Shire population," Mr Douglas said.
Upper Lachlan Shire mayor John Stafford applauded the state government's backing of the pilot.
"The learnings from this pilot will not only benefit local youth but it will also provide useful lessons for other rural agricultural areas wanting to leverage services from nearby regional towns and cities."
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