Council backs new service to help reduce youth crime

18/01/2017

As part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program, Georges River Council has awarded $50,000 in funding to Project Youth to assist with the launch of a new service aimed at reducing youth crime.
 
Project Youth’s Street Based Outreach Service will work with young people aged 10-18 years across the local area.
 
Executive Officer of Project Youth, Kellie Checkley, said the service will provide youth worker support and advice to young people who may not visit a drop in centre or office.
 
“We hope, by providing this support, we will be able to assist young people who may be falling through the gaps,” she said.  
 
Project Youth has been conducting Street Based Outreach for over 15 years throughout the Sutherland Shire and the program has proven effective in reducing anti-social behaviour by young people.
 
Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, said the Outreach program meets a number of community priorities.
 
“Georges River Council is proud to support activities and local services which empower local youth.”
 
“By working with Project Youth, we can better identify areas where we see reoccurring displays of anti-social behaviour in public spaces and address the situations in the most appropriate way.”
 
More than 60 applications were received by Council requesting funding through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.
 
Of these applicants, 27 were awarded funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, totalling $1 million in funding for local community groups.
 
For more information please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
 
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