East Gippsland Shire Council is to receive $90,000 from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $12.3 million Engage! grants program, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull announced today.
“Our youth are our future and we must guarantee that we provide them with every opportunity to enhance their potential and ensure they feel connected living in our local communities,” Mr Bull said.
“The funding will assist the Shire in delivering its ‘Collaboration, Connection Commitment’ Program to help define actions which will achieve the three key principles of the East Gippsland Regional Youth Plan 2011-2013.
“The project’s aim is to engage with young people as active, collaborative citizens and ensure organisational commitment to providing pathways for improved participation in education, employment and community life.”
East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor, Cr Dick Ellis, welcomed the announcement, adding that the funding would enhance the effectiveness of Council’s recently completed youth strategy to create positive benefits for the region’s youth.
Minister for Youth Affairs, Ryan Smith said, $12.3 million over three years would enable organisations across the state to provide more opportunities for young Victorians to participate in their communities.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to supporting organisations that improve the social, civic and economic outcomes for young Victorians.
“That’s why the Coalition Government has invested in programs through Engage! that offer opportunities for young people to volunteer, participate in mentoring, receive study and career advice, gain practical skills and training and increased connections with their community,” Mr Smith said.
For further information go to: www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/engage