The Territory Government is supporting Katherine-based youth service providers to deliver safe and positive activities for youths during the school holidays.
Seven youth organisations have been allocated a total of $50,000 as part of the Katherine Youth Services Innovation Fund. These programs will be available for young people aged 10-17 during the December 2017/January 2018 school holidays.
The Member for Katherine, Sandra Nelson says that supporting our youths and keeping them engaged in fun and educational activities is a great step towards building safe and strong communities.
The additional funding compliments the Territory Government’s commitment to putting children at the centre of their decisions, and supports plans for overhauling the youth justice system by engaging more with kids to get them off the street and tackle crime before it happens.
“This new initiative is fantastic for the town of Katherine. We acknowledge that like many other towns, we face challenges with youth anti-social and criminal behaviour,” Ms Nelson said.
“The activities that we will have on offer are aimed at assisting vulnerable young people to have a safe space to hang out together during the summer school holidays.
“This funding compliments the Territory Government’s support plans for overhauling the youth justice system by engaging more with kids to get them off the street and tackle crime before it happens.
“As the Member for Katherine, I am proud to have initiated the Katherine Interagency Panel to lobby for these funds and drive ideas to create change. Change needs to begin at the local level through community decision-making.
“We have listened to our community’s concerns and we have taken action.”
The Katherine Interagency Panel consists of 16 key government agencies and non-government organisations that collaboratively addresses community concerns, identifies critical gap in service delivery and formulates collective action. The need for this additional funding came out of those discussions.
The programs that will be available to youths are:
- Free Cinema Days hosted by Somerville Community Services on 8 and 22 January 2018
- Photography sessions at the Katherine Museum hosted by Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care
- Minecraft LAN Day on 15 January 2018 hosted by RISE Ventures Katherine
- Messy Play Days on 8 and 15 January 2018 hosted by Katherine Isolated Children’s Service
- Solar Cinema Screen movie and BBQ nights hosted by Katherine Regional Arts
- Glow Disco Party on 25 January 2018 hosted by RISE Ventures Katherine
- Family Pool Days on 3 and 20 January 2018 hosted by Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care Inc.
Source: NT Government