Photo caption: Members of the Yurruun Aboriginal Corporation are all smiles after receiving news of their double funding win, Leroy Connors, left, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Kathryn Davis, Melinda Sams and Belinda Delaney at Inverell’s Yurruun Aboriginal Centre.
Friday, 28 July 2023
INVERELL’S Yurruun Aboriginal Corporation is celebrating a double funding win, with two State Government grants to deliver a range of community programs, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall said the organisation secured $154,870 under the NSW Regional Youth Investment as well as $99,535 from the Community and Place Grants Program.
“This is a wonderful outcome for Yurruun and will deliver positive outcomes for more than 1,000 Indigenous youth in Inverell and Tingha,” Mr Marshall said.
“Yurruun will use the funds to engage Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth to develop job ready skills and employment pathways, host activities to boost social and emotional wellbeing and hold cultural immersion tours.
“I have no doubt these programs will strengthen connection to Aboriginal culture, boost self-esteem of local youth and provide practical skills to help with employment.
“Ten community groups across the Inverell Shire, including from smaller rural communities, would be involved in the program.”
Mr Marshall said the Community and Place Grant would be used to build inclusion at the Yurruun Cultural Centre, with its headquarters in Inverell.
“Mental health training, including skills in wellbeing and mindfulness would be delivered at the Centre,” Mr Marshall said.
“The grant would also be used to host free lessons for Aboriginal Youth to help them obtain a driver’s licence and undertake a Safer Driver’s course.”
Mr Marshall congratulated the Yurruun Aboriginal Corporation on being successful on the funding and for developing a range of targeted, localised programs.
“Connecting local Aboriginal youth to their culture has never been more important and I’m so pleased Yurruun is using these funds in this way,” he said.