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Victoria Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith

Youth Inclusion Grants Open To Rural And Regional Councils

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith has announced a new initiative encouraging rural and regional councils to include young people in decision making.

The Rural and Regional Youth Inclusion Grants will provide opportunities for young people in rural and regional Victoria to better connect with their communities through participation in Local Government decision making processes.

Eligible councils will have an opportunity to apply for grants of up to $30,000 each.

Mr. Smith encouraged all rural and regional councils to apply for the new Youth Inclusion Grants.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to providing opportunities for regional and rural young people to participate in their community. Young people’s participation in Local Government decision making is an important part of this and will strengthen the development of Rural and Regional Victoria.” Mr. Smith said.

“Involving young people in decision making processes recognises their important contributions and helps increase confidence and skills.  We want to see young people actively included in shaping our communities and enjoying every opportunity available in rural and regional Victoria.”

The Rural and Regional Youth Inclusion Grants are one component of the Coalition Government’s Youth Action Strategy, which also includes regional and rural workshops, resources and research designed to increase young people’s participation in the community.

“I look forward to young people having an increased say in the future direction of rural and regional Victoria.” Mr. Smith said.

Applications for the Rural and Regional Youth Inclusion Grants close on 26 May 2011.

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