THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
15 September 2011
The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today congratulated Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation in Alice Springs for receiving funding from the Gillard Government
Mr Snowdon said the Corporation will get $18,200 under the Youth Development and Support Program.
“It is great news the Australian Government has decided to support the creativity and talent of young people in the Mount Liebig and Papunya area of the Northern Territory with this funding.
“I look forward to seeing the project brought to life over the coming months,” Mr Snowdon said.
The Young People’s Art Enterprise will hold a series of workshops encouraging elder Aboriginal artists to mentor and teach disengaged young people in the region, passing on cultural knowledge and skills.
“This is a terrific example of community groups and local young people coming together to in a creative and exciting way. It will be of real benefit to our youth, particularly those who are disadvantaged or at risk,” he said.
The Gillard Government’s Youth Development and Support Program provides funding each year towards projects for young people, helping build leadership skills and develop connections between young people and their communities.
This year more than $450,000 was provided in grants to projects involving the arts and creative enterprises, with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
The YDSP is part of the Gillard Government’s commitment to increasing the wellbeing and building the resilience of the nation’s youth, through the National Strategy for Young Australians as well as a range of other projects and grants for youth across the country.
“We want all our young Aboriginal people to grow up safe, strong, healthy and smart,” Mr Snowdon said.
Minister Snowdon’s office: Marcus Butler 02 6277 7820