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Youth projects in Maitland receive a boost

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The Top Blokes Foundation and Maitland City Council will both receive grants for new youth-related infrastructure and mental health programs across the city.

Announced by Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack, the grants total almost $600,000 and have been supplied by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Maitland City Council secured more than $430,000 for the design and construction of stage one of the Woodberry Youth Space, and a further $50,904 for their Youth Space Activation project.

Youth mental health also received a boost with the Top Blokes Foundation welcoming almost $110,000.

“Young people in Maitland are the big winners from this round of funding,” Ms Cusack said.

The Top Blokes Foundation will use the funds to help more than 200 young men aged between 10 and 24 by expanding its youth mentoring program into the Maitland area.

The Foundation delivers weekly workshops in schools, as well as through other community organisations and aims to strengthen the mental health and emotional resilience of young males.

Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker said the funding will assist the council to deliver on stage one of the $577,000 Woodberry Youth Space project at Fred Harvey Oval.

“There are so many possibilities for the redevelopment of this skate park and as such I look forward to Council engaging with local young people and the broader Woodberry community in the design of this area, making it an even better space to enjoy,” Cr Baker said.

Minister for Regional Youth, Bronnie Taylor, said this round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund was about putting young people front and centre.

“This round of the Fund is supporting young people and giving them the opportunity to be the best versions of themselves, while also supporting infrastructure and programs in the town they love,” Mrs Taylor said.

“The strength of regional communities is dependent on young people having the opportunity to thrive while remaining at home in regional NSW.”

For more information about the fund visit the NSW Government’s website.

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