Young people in Junee will soon be celebrating after a recent NSW Government investment in a proactive program to support at-risk communities, Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced today.

Ms Cooke said the NSW Government has for the first time contributed almost $140,000 to Junee Shire Council’s ‘Project 180’ program that aims to create community organised youth activities.

The council received the grant as part of the fourth round of the Government’s $10 million NSW Community Safety Fund, which supports innovative crime prevention projects across the state.

“There is an increasing demand for organised youth activities in the town, with numerous groups having expressed interest in setting up dedicated spaces in Junee,” Ms Cooke said.

“So this funding is a very welcome support for the local community and a great outcome for organisers and participants.”

Ms Cooke said the council will utilise the Junee Community Centre to run this special project that will target young males and females, between 12 and 19, who are vulnerable, or facing complex social and family issues.

“This project will help participants develop basic life skills including cooking classes and home budgeting, as well as homework support and tutoring, volunteering, and leadership pathways,” Ms Cooke said.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said ‘Project 180’ is a great example of smart justice re-investment.

“Not only do these programs support general policing efforts, it also gives young people much-needed life lessons, helps give them a new sense of purpose and provides an opportunity to make new friends in a positive environment,” Mr Grant said.

“That means less negative interactions with police, more trust, and all round better outcomes for everyone in the local community.”

The Community Safety Fund program has provided grants of up to $250,000 to councils, chambers of commerce and community groups for initiatives that reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.