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Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard was with Moorabool Mayor Paul Tatchell and (L-R) Shannon McGowan (YAG), Jasmin Crampton (YAG), and Damon and Illana at the announcement of funding for Studio 22. Photo – Helen Tatchell
Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard was with Moorabool Mayor Paul Tatchell and (L-R) Shannon McGowan (YAG), Jasmin Crampton (YAG), and Damon and Illana at the announcement of funding for Studio 22. Photo – Helen Tatchell

By Kate Taylor

It’s an engagement worth $125,000, and local young people are set to benefit from it.

The State Government’s Engage! 2018-20 program has given Moorabool Shire Council the money, to be used to give local young people the opportunity to participate in, and connect with, the local community.

Announcing the funding at Studio 22, the youth space at Darley, Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, said $125,000 has been approved for Moorabool Shire for the Moorabool Youth Engage! Program.

“Moorabool Youth Engage will bring young people together to develop a new youth strategy and a youth space, ensuring support meets the needs of vulnerable youth in the community,” Mr Howard said.

“Young people involved will have a key role in developing targeted programs that ensure they have their say in the decisions that affect their lives.

“By working with other young people to gain hands-on experiences, participants will also gain confidence and skills which will help them achieve their goals and to become involved in our community.”

Moorabool Mayor Paul Tatchell welcomed the funding and said the work done around the Youth Strategy and the new Studio 22 youth space in Darley was a great way to build strong relationships with local youth.

“We engage with our young people and get them involved in strategies, Studio 22 and leadership programs and that goes a long way to ensuring we’re catering for their needs and delivering outcomes that benefit our young people,” Mayor Tatchell said.

107 projects from across the state have shared in $12.3 million as part of the Engage! 2018-20 program.