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Youth cafe opens in Narooma.



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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 1618 Published: 27/10/2005

Title: Youth Café Opens at Narooma

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, today opened a youth café in Narooma, made possible with $137,500 from the Australian Government ’s Regional Partnerships program.

Mr Nairn said the new Narooma Youth Café, located at Narooma Library and Community Health Centre, provided a special place for young people aged between 12 and 18 to socialise and participate in activities.

“Young people in Narooma now have their own purpose-built venue, run by a qualified youth worker,” Mr Nairn said.

“It ’s a project with real benefits for Narooma ’s youth. By having a say in the running of the café, Narooma ’s young people will develop valuable skills and the café will provide a place for them to interact with their peers.

“The café also offers programs that focus on developing important leadership and other skills. Counselling is also being provided and performances will be held on the purpose-built stage.”

Mr Nairn congratulated the local community for working together to access the Regional Partnerships program funding.

“I would particularly like to thank the South East NSW Area Consultative Committee for helping to bring this project to fruition and acknowledge the financial contribution provided by Eurobodalla Shire Council,” Mr Nairn said.

The Regional Partnerships program continues the Australian Government ’s approach of working with local communities to support their ideas. A total of $360.9 million is available under the Regional Partnerships program from 2005-06 to 2008-09.

Mr Nairn said the Regional Partnerships program would deliver benefits to communities well into the future, not only from program funding, but from the higher levels of economic activity and improved social amenity which the program is generating.

Communities can contact their local area consultative committee if they wish to seek funding through the Regional Partnerships program. For further information go to www.regionalpartnerships.gov.au or www.acc.gov.au

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