Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, right, pressing the case for funding of the planned Night Rider bus service for young people in Moree with Police Minister Troy Grant.
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is backing a push from a Moree Aboriginal youth service to extend a ‘night rider’ bus service – helping kids stay off the street and learn about their culture.
The planned ‘Night Culture’ project would extend a late night bus service, taking kids to responsible, culturally appropriate activities.
Mr Marshall took the proposal to Police Minister Troy Grant this week, hoping to secure significant funding to get the project started, which is aimed at vulnerable young people, working to reduce crime and recidivism.
“Many young people in Moree have experienced hardship – and this unfortunately can lead them down the wrong path. By giving them more options late at night, we can break the cycle that all too often leads to crime,” Mr Marshall said.
“Any project that supports the great work our police do, and ensures young people learn more about their culture is a fantastic use of time and money.
“With a recent rise in anti-social behavior around Moree, having this service available would certainly help the situation.”
Mr Marshall used the meeting to press the case for the Miyay Birray Youth Service idea.
Mr Marshall said the youth service was seeking to implement the Night Culture project and hoped a submission under a State Government community safety program would deliver the funding for it this year.
The ‘Street Beat’ bus currently provides transport on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and has run for over a decade.
Miyay Birray CEO Darrel Smith said additional funding would help extend the service to more than the 1,000 trips it currently provides each six months, as well as provide activities besides going home.
“In summer, it’s not getting dark until 8.45pm, and kids are coming out late. We’re closing at 12, simply because we can’t afford it. On the street, kids are at risk of getting into mischief and other social issues, so it’s important for the community to address the problem,” Mr Smith said.
“We have so many kids that we pick up with the service, and want to make sure it can be extended and carry on”