Gurmesh Singh MP


A Coffs Coast organisation working to improve youth engagement and participation has received a funding boost to help kickstart new initiatives.

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said Boambee East Community Centre has secured a share in the latest round of the NSW Government’s $1.5 million Youth Opportunities program.

“Young people are the lifeblood of our towns and this program is about giving them more opportunities to be active and engaged members of the community,” Mr Singh said.

“The Youth Opportunities program keeps young people engaged with their community in a meaningful way and lets them drive projects they can be proud of.”

Boambee East Community Centre will receive almost $50,000 to deliver a series of pop-up art, cultural and music workshops across the Coffs Harbour local government area.

The workshops will culminate in a showcase event for young people.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said 35 projects statewide received up to $50,000 each through the program.

“We want all young people to be engaged and active members of their communities and these grants foster exciting new initiatives to make that happen,” Mr Ward said.

“Young people are our State’s greatest asset and we are working hard to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to make our communities stronger and better places to live.”

Since the NSW Government established the Youth Opportunities program in 2012, almost $13.3 million has been invested in 282 projects.

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