$9.9 Million Education Boost For Young Indigenous North Queenslanders

Saturday, 6th April 2019

$9.9 Million Education Boost For Young Indigenous North Queenslanders

The Morrison Government will invest $9.9 million across three programs into the education of young Indigenous people across North Queensland.

Northern-based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said the Federal Government was pleased to support the programs by providing the essential funding.

“Firstly, $4.9 million will be injected into the Townsville Indigenous Youth Development Program, currently run by the Catholic Education Office,” Senator Macdonald said.

“This extra funding will allow the Development Program to continue to give Indigenous students in Townsville the support and mentoring they need throughout their secondary studies.

“Secondly, a further $2.5 million has been committed to the NRL Cowboys House to allow it to continue to provide supported accommodation for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from remote North Queensland communities.

“And thirdly, the JT Academy program will receive $2.5 million to deliver in-school mentoring and support through regular presentations on motivation, resilience culture, behaviour, relationships, lifestyle and careers across the north.

“The JT Academy funding will expand the project in collaboration with the Regional Network focusing on Far North and Western Queensland.”

Senator Macdonald said the Australian Government is committed to supporting young indigenous Australians living in Townsville and North Queensland.

“The government is achieving this by giving young Indigenous Australians the educational boost they need to thrive, both now and in the future,” Senator Macdonald said.

LNP candidate for Herbert Phillip Thompson said he welcomed the announcement.

“Supporting our First Nation’s young people is something that I am extremely passionate about,” Mr Thompson said.

“My daughter is Indigenous, and my wife is a proud Aboriginal woman with family across Far North Queensland.

“We know firsthand how important these programs are to the community, to help develop and grow a positive future for young Indigenous Australians.”

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