Federal Nationals Member for Parkes Mark Coulton has announced funding for two early intervention programs which aim to improve community safety and reduce youth crime and anti-social behaviour.
Miyay Birray Youth Service in Moree has been awarded $1,499,999 to roll out a project to help divert high-risk Aboriginal young people from a life of crime.
Mr Coulton said this funding will enable the Street Beat program to resume on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, providing a fun outlet for local children, as well as allowing Miyay Birray to collaborate with other services to further support, mentor and guide vulnerable young people.
“All of our young people should have the chance to achieve their full potential,” Mr Coulton said.
The BackTrack Network has also received $1,483,919 to increase its capacity and capability to help at-risk youth get back on track.
This funding will be split between the BackTrack Network, including Making Tracks in Broken Hill, LeaderLife in Dubbo, Down the Track in Lake Cargelligo and FlatTrack in Moree.
Mr Coulton said each of these groups does a fantastic job in improving the lives of young people in these communities.