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Future is bright for Wyong families



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Future is bright for Wyong families 11 July 2013

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

Jill Hall MP Member for Shortland

Wyong families are becoming job ready and connecting with their families thanks to an investment by the Federal Labor Government.

Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas and Member for Shortland, Jill Hall today visited the Bluehaven Community Centre where they saw first hand a local employment program changing the lives of local people.

"Our government is investing nearly $400,000 to deliver the Local Employment and Access Program (LEAP) which is helping vulnerable families who are doing it tough to improve their employment prospects and build strong healthy families.

LEAP has received continued support under the Federal Labor Government's Local Solutions Fund, attracting support under the first and second funding rounds.

The Local Solutions Fund is part of the Australian Government's Better Futures, Local Solutions initiative, which identified ten regions around Australia, including Wyong, where help is needed to improve employment, education and social participation.

Member for Shortland Jill Hall said LEAP draws on local knowledge within the Wyong community to boost education, training and employment in the region.

"Thanks to LEAP, the Bluehaven Community Centre is now a vibrant community hub where organisations like the Women's Health Centre, TAFE, and the Salvation Army Employment Plus are working together to help improve the livelihoods of Wyong residents."

"Over the last year, LEAP has worked with more than 100 Wyong families, referring them to essential services, support, job placements and higher education," Ms Hall said.

"LEAP works in partnership with programs like Skills for Tomorrow - contributing to rent and crèche fees - to help young parents get the skills and education they need to find employment."

Projects allocated funding through the Local Solutions Fund have been designed by the local community, for the local community."

"By relying on local knowledge and expertise, we can improve the lives of people in a community. That's why supporting these projects is so important," said Ms Hall.

For more information on the Local Solutions Fund, visit www.humanservices.gov.au/bfls[6].