Youth engagement programs benefit from Sustainable Communities Fund

17 October 2013

Glenelg Shire youth are set to have access to a number of beneficial programs thanks to Pacific Hydro’s Portland Sustainable Communities Fund.

Ten youth themed programs received over $40,000 of the $90,000 fund, including a program aimed at combatting youth disengagement.

The program, which is giving young people a chance to continue their education and improve their pathways through educational support and access to specialist services, was initiated with the support of the Glenelg and Southern Grampians Local Learning and Employment network (GSGLLEN).

“The $10,000 grant will enable us to gain the resources and assistance required to give five young students opportunities to complete their education and open up life pathways,” said GSGLLEN Partnership Broker, Cathryn Walder.

Other youth engagement programs that received grants include a scholarship program that will see four high school students working with Blue Whale Study to learn about the marine environment and scientific research methods; bus passes for 20 disadvantaged Aboriginal students attending school in Portland and Heywood and a community music club that will provide a creative outlet for the youth in the area.

“Volunteers are the backbone of regional areas and the community should be proud of the wonderful work being achieved by these groups,” said Pacific Hydro’s Executive General Manager for Australia, Mr Lane Crockett.

Mr Crockett asked community groups who missed out on funding not to be disheartened.

“The Fund Allocation Panel spent considerable time debating which projects should receive funding due to the high calibre of applications. We hope unsuccessful recipients will consider reapplying next year,” said Mr Crockett.

All 25 successful community groups were awarded their funding at a special cheque presentation ceremony today [8/10/2013] at the Portland Golf Club.

“We congratulate the community groups that received funding and extend our thanks to the inaugural Fund Allocation Panel members, which included community members, a council representative and some Pacific Hydro staff, for carefully considering each application and allocating the funds,” said Mr Crockett.

The Portland Sustainable Communities Fund covers environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and is available each year for the life of the Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson South wind farms’ operation.