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Big boost in federal funds for young people's activities

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Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P.

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Parliament H ouse, Canberra Phone (06) 277 7220 Fax (06) 273 4146

21 December 1992 PS473/92


Young people living in the Knox area will soon have a new youth activities service designed especially for them.

The Knox Youth Activities Service will receive Federal Governments funds of $9,670 for capital expenditure and $37,550 for ongoing operating costs.

The Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, said the Federal Government would allocate $285,000 to youth activities services across Victoria in 1992-93 for operating costs and $190,500 for capital expenditure.

"The Federal Government pledged in 1990 to provide $9 million over three years for youth activities services throughout Australia," Mr Staples said.

"The funding of the Knox Youth Activities Service is part of our plan to make that pledge a reality for our young people." The new program will be aimed at young people aged between 11 and 16 and is designed to build self-esteem, assertiveness and


A worker experienced in the youth field will develop programs based on the cultural, family and economic backgrounds of the youth involved in the service.

Youth Activities Services give young people the opportunity to participate in supervised activities which offer scope for personal development.

The services are an extension of the Federal Government's social justice strategy which has resulted in far-reaching reforms in the areas of aged care, child care and programs for people with disabilities.

Mr Staples said the Federal Government gave a high priority to ensuring a full range of services is provided to meet the needs of Australian families.

Contact: Paul Ray (03) 604 8577

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