HELPING THE TWEED’S INDIGENOUS YOUTH THROUGH BETTER TRANSPORT
Today Thomas George MP, Member for Lismore, and Geoff Provest MP, Member for Tweed announced the NSW Government will provide $50,000 for a project to help disadvantaged young Aboriginal residents in the Tweed shire attend cultural programs and events and forge better connections in their community.
The Indigenous Transport to Engagement Project aims to help overcome the social isolation that many of these young people and their families may feel by providing targeted, affordable and accessible transport options.
“The funding will be used by the Tweed Shire Women’s Service to hire small buses to take young Indigenous residents to employment training programs, education programs, parental resilience and other courses, and family support programs.
“There will also be opportunities for participants to attend social and recreational activities,” Mr George said.
Aboriginal people represent about five per cent of the local population, about twice the NSW average.
“Training will be provided to three local Aboriginal people to allow them to drive the bus and support the young people involved in a sensitive and culturally appropriate way. Other staff at the service will be trained as bus monitors to assist with leadership and healthy relationships.”
“By providing these targeted programs we can help make sure our indigenous residents have the support they need to get education, get jobs and lead fulfilling lives,” Mr Provest said.
The project is due to start this month (May) and run for 12 months.
The funding announced today is part of the Government’s Regional Transport Coordination Program, which provides almost $900,000 every year to community groups for projects that improve transport results for residents living in some of the state’s most isolated areas.