City of Palmerston welcomes the recent announcement of $250,000 of grant funding by the Northern Territory Government as part of their Youth Services Innovation Fund Palmerston.
The grants provide funding of innovative programs and events specifically targeting Palmerston young people aged 10-17 years.
Funding will enable many local community organisations and businesses to facilitate a range of after–hours, weekend and school holiday activities to engage and support youth in Palmerston.
Official Manager Mark Blackburn said, “Young people represent a large portion of Palmerston’s population and are a big focus for Council when planning facilities and programs within our municipality, so it is pleasing to see the Northern Territory Government sharing our passion.”
Council will also be working with and providing support to organisations delivering programs as part of the Youth Services Innovation Fund, through formal partnerships, ongoing informal support, guidance and assistance in the delivery of various activities.
Partnering with Skinnyfish Music, Council will support delivery of a range of youth-targeted music-based programs such as school holiday Friday night events in the Palmerston Recreation Centre, and outreach music programs in the Palmerston suburbs.
“It is anticipated these activities will engage a broad cross-section of local young people, providing entertainment and development opportunities which do not currently exist in our region,” said Mr. Blackburn.
“Council acknowledges the hard work of the many local community organisations, volunteers and businesses who have worked together to create positive programs for our young people through this funding.
City of Palmerston would also like to thank the Northern Territory Government for their generous support to create these opportunities.
We will be excited to see the positive outcomes these programs will have, not only for our young people, but the wider community,” he said.