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Scholarships Open For Vulnerable Youth

Some of the state’s most disadvantaged young people will be supported to achieve their academic aspirations as part of the NSW Government’s Youth Development Scholarships program.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Alister Henskens said applications are now open for the $1,000 scholarships to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 or TAFE equivalent.

The program supports young people living in social housing or on the housing register, students receiving private rental assistance, or those living in supported accommodation or out-of-home care.

The funds can be used to help pay for education-related expenses such as text-books, IT equipment and internet access.

The Youth Development Scholarships program is part of Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW, a ten-year plan to drive better outcomes for social housing tenants. For more information on how to apply, visit the Youth Development Scholarships 2022 website.

Electorate Welcomes Regional Recovery Package To Boost Jobs And Kickstart Economy

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke welcomes the NSW Government’s $200 million Regional Recovery Package, which will support the creation of new jobs and attract tourists back to the bush.

Ms Cooke said the new package includes a new $50 million Regional Events Package, $30 million Regional Jobs Creation Fund Round Two and $40 million for priority infrastructure projects across Regional NSW.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the package will deliver long term support and certainty for businesses as the state reopens.

For more information, please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/regional-growth-fund

Mental Health Support For NSW Child Protection Frontline

Child protection caseworkers will receive more frequent and easily accessible mental health services as part of the NSW Government’s $130 million mental health recovery package.

The NSW Government expanded its Employee Assistance Program to all funded NGOs working in the social services sector throughout the recent lockdown.

The $3 million expansion of caseworker wellbeing checks will build on that support, providing thousands of child protection staff across the State with more frequent and easily accessible services.

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