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Friday, 22 December 2017 - 10:00am


Young people in Golden Plains Shire will have more opportunities to actively participate in and connect with their local community, through the Andrew Labor Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program.

Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today announced Golden Plains Shire Council will receive an Engage! 2018-20 grant of $120,000 over three years for their Connections & Pathways Program.

The Connections & Pathways Program will engage with young people aged 12 to 25 from the Golden Plains Shire to increase skills, networks and leadership opportunities as a pathway to active participation in community and work-life. Through the delivery of three key initiatives, this program will increase the engagement, wellbeing and capacity of young people in the shire to reach their full potential.

Golden Plains Shire Council will join 107 local government and community organisations across the state to share in the $12.3 million Engage! 2018-20 program.

Engage! helps young people to strengthen their education, training and employment pathways, and improve their health and wellbeing.

Young people are a key part of developing and delivering Engage! projects, which are aimed at a diversity of youth, including Aboriginal young people, young people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTQI young people, young people with disabilities and young people living in rural and regional Victoria.

Engage! supports the Labor Government’s ongoing commitment to better connect young people with their communities, as outlined in the Youth Policy: Building Stronger Youth Engagement.

The Youth Policy also supports young people to have their say and participate in decision-making on government policy and practices.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney

“Every young person should have the opportunity and support they need to reach their full potential.”

“Engage! is helping young people of different backgrounds and experiences get involved in a range of activities so they can achieve their goals and kick goals for the community.”

“I look forward to seeing more local young people participating in Engage! programs, building their skills and connecting with our vibrant community.”

“These projects gives them the hands-on experiences they need to achieve their personal and professional goals and I encourage more young people to get involved.”

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Friday, 22 December 2017 - 9:59am


Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.