3 August 2011

Young people from across the State can go online to have their say on how the NSW Government should prioritise funding for youth programs, Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George said today.

NSW residents aged 13 to 25 are being encouraged to write on the NSW Youth Advisory Council’s Facebook page between 3 and 17 August with comments and suggestions on what kind of projects, programs and services they want to see supported in their local communities.

Mr George said the Facebook forum is part of the NSW Government’s review of the Better Futures program.

“The NSW Government is reviewing a key funding program for the youth sector and we want to hear directly from the people it affects most,” Mr George said.

“The Youth Advisory Council’s Facebook page makes it easy for young people to tell us how they participate in their community and how the Government can help.

“Maybe they’d like more access to evening and weekend social activities, safe places to hang out with friends, or support to make the transition from school to the workforce?

“This is a great opportunity for young people from across NSW to make their voices heard.”

Mr George said the Office of Communities is also hosting an online discussion for the youth sector from 20 July to 15 August as part of its sector-wide consultation on the Better Futures review.

“It is vital that taxpayer dollars are spent where there is the most need and the Government wants genuine input from the youth sector on what these needs are,” he said.

“This online consultation is happening in conjunction with face-to-face meetings between Office of Communities staff and youth services organisations.

For more information on Better Futures and web links to the Facebook page and youth sector online discussion, please visit www.youth.nsw.gov.au.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.