Wheatbelt project receives Commonwealth funding
Posted on Friday, 5 March 2004
Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan today welcomed $211,731 in funding under the Australian Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy for the Wheatbelt Area Consultative Committee’s Wheatbelt Youth Leadership Project.
Ms Moylan said the Wheatbelt Youth Leadership Project would implement a youth leadership program across the 44 shires in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region.
Participants will learn how to identify criteria, research, write proposals, manage plans and find solutions.
“This project will identify potential young leaders and they will undergo training and mentoring to develop leadership skills,” she said.
“They will participate in workshops with other young people from the region to find a unified voice and implement activities to kick-start positive changes.”
Wheatbelt ACC Executive Officer Lisa Shreeve said they were excited about working with the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services to offer cutting edge leadership opportunities for young people 12 to 25 in the region.
“This project will complement the Wheatbelt Youth Community Connections project from the Foundation for Young Australians in which $80,000 of local grants are being allocated and decided upon by a local youth led grant making body,” Ms Shreeve said.
“The Wheatbelt ACC is also negotiating with a high profile Australian company to add a philanthropic arm to the youth leadership project.”
This project was included as part of a $1.5 million announcement today by the Prime Minister. The money goes towards community organised and run projects that take a prevention and early intervention approach in helping families and communities solve local issues.
“This is just one of many innovative, grassroot projects making a real difference to communities and families throughout Australia, made possible by Australian Government funding through the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy.
The latest round of funding brings the number of projects approved under the strategy to 641 nationwide, worth a total of $88 million in funding.
“The Stronger Families and Communities Strategy embodies the Australian Government’s commitment to the development of a social coalition; listening to communities and finding solutions that work,” Ms Moylan said.