Young people in Singleton with a disability will have increased opportunities to play sport and those living on the outskirts of town will benefit from more convenient access to local PCYC programs, thanks to NSW Government funding.
Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor today announced $109,396 from round three of the Stronger Country Communities Fund to deliver a program for disabled youth and purchase a 12-seater bus to transport young people to and from events.
Mrs Taylor said the Friday Afternoon Fun program will empower and support young people living with a disability to gain independence and social inclusion through participation in games and activities that encourage confidence, resilience and respect.
“Sport is for everyone, and this funding ensures young people with a disability can come together and participate in a fun and friendly environment, cheered on by their family and carers,” Mrs Taylor said.
“This bus will enable young people living in isolated areas to be involved in community events and programs that they would otherwise be missing out on .”
Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen MP said work on more than 1,000 Stronger Country Communities Fund round one and two projects is underway or completed, with round three delivering more than 250 youth focused projects across every regional LGA.
“Everywhere I go, people tell me how Stronger Country Communities Fund projects have made a big difference to everyday life here in the Upper Hunter, from the new arena lighting at the Dungog Showground to the Merriwa Oval upgrade,” Mr Johnsen said.
“Helping young people participate in sport is a great example of the youth projects that Stronger Country Communities Fund round three is designed to deliver, projects that teach new skills, support the local economy and make communities more connected and fun.”
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 improves the lives of people living in regional NSW.
The NSW Government will continue to work to ensure regional NSW has a strong future and remains a place young people can live, learn, work and thrive.
For more information, go to www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.