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B28 14/5/92

MINISTER OPENS YOUTH ACCESS CENTRE

The new look Maroochydore Youth Access Centre (YAC) offering a one stop shop for information on jobs, education and training was officially opened today by the Minister for Higher Education and Employment Services,

Peter Baldwin.

"Young people on the Sunshine Coast now have access to a

full range of career, employment and lifeskills information all under the one roof," Mr Baldwin said.

The YAC is co-located with three other youth oriented agencies: the Youth Employment Service, the Maroochydore Area Youth Service and Fusion Australia, in the Collins

Place complex on Duporth Avenue.

Mr Baldwin said the Centre was especially designed for young people and was staffed by people who understood the

needs of young people in the Sunshine Coast region.

"It's part of a nationwide network of 110 Youth Access Centrs which provide services that young people can

relate to, and to which they have ready access.

Mr Baldwin went on to say that Youth Access Centre

services would complement a range of community based youth programs which the Government had recently funded through the Australian Youth Initiative Grants Scheme.

"Community based youth organisations around Australia have received $1.7 million dollars to provide services

and programs specifically for disadvantaged young people.

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"This year the programs will focus on breaking down employment barriers for young people who come from non english speaking backgrounds.

Mr Baldwin also warned that the youth grants and centres such as the Maroochydore YAC would be abolished under a coalition government.

"The Coalition's Fightback package outlines plans to abolish the entire CES across Australia," he said.

"Important youth services such as the YAC network and the Australian Youth Initiative Grants would also be scrapped.

"Basically, the fightback package contains nothing at all

for disadvantaged young people.

Contact: Sarah Taylor Minister Baldwin's office (06) 277 7540