More support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people

Published on 12 December 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire is celebrating the signing of an agreement with St John of God Health Care to fund a new position in the Shire’s Youth team with a strong focus on supporting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. 

As part of the agreement, St John of God Health Care will provide the Shire with $20,000 per year for the next three years to allow for the appointment of an identified Aboriginal Youth Worker. The Shire will provide matched funding to support the position for an additional two days per week.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said the newly created position will facilitate culturally appropriate support and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people connected to the Shire.

“We’re working to ensure all members of the Peninsula community are included and supported in our activities and services - especially as we work on the development of our new Reconciliation Action Plan to guide the Shire from 2018 – 2022.

“This position will help the Shire provide more support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and ensure they have a voice in their community”.

This position will be supported by the Shire’s Youth Services team and Warringinee group.

The Warringinee group supports cultural diversity across the Shire and promotes understanding of the issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in our community.

PICTURE DETAILS: (L-R) St John of God Health Care Chief Executive Officer Steven Schultze, Shire’s Manager Family Services and Community Planning Louise Wilkins and Shire’s Team Leader Youth Services Andrew Joseph at St John of God Rehabilitation Hospital to sign the collaboration agreement on Tuesday 4 December.