Official Media Release

Upper Hunter Youth To Engage in Community Project

Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen announced Singleton Council will receive $50,000 to support the Singleton Youth Festival Project.

Mr Johnsen welcomed the project which will connect young people to the community.

“I am thrilled local young people will benefit from The Singleton Youth Festival and develop a range of skills,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Youth Opportunities empowers young people to make new social connections, undertake new activities and give back to the community.”

Mr Johnsen said more than $1.4 million will be provided to 35 organisations across NSW to support young people engage in the community and develop a range of skills.

“Youth Opportunities aims to equip young people with skills to achieve their future professional goals, including event management, marketing and public speaking,”Mr Johnsen said.

Mayor of Singleton, Cr Sue Moore said this was an amazing amount of money to benefit young people.

“Singleton Youth Venue does a lot of important work to support young people in our community, and our team is literally on the front line about what is affecting them and what they need from our community,” she said.

“The idea for a weekend event is a tangible response to those issues, particularly bullying and self-confidence.

“The staff from the Youth Venue already have a great track record working with Council’s events team on events such as Blast. With the support of the NSW Government added to the mix, I have no doubt this event will be even better.”

“NSW currently has the lowest youth unemployment rate of any state. The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to ensuring everyone benefits from a booming economy, including young people.

“Youth Opportunities will give thousands of young people across NSW the confidence and drive to reach their potential.”

Youth Opportunities provides one-off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects.

Since the program was launched in 2012, Youth Opportunities has provided $10.5 million in funding to 212 projects across NSW.

For more information about Youth Opportunities visit: www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youth-opportunities/