Moree to Benefit with New Academy
Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that funding of $2.1 million under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy will support the Moree Sports, Health, Arts and Education Academy to be located in Moree.
Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries was thrilled to receive news of the funding for the Academy. She said “it will provide a safe, after school learning space for young people, that will help improve social and health outcomes for our next generation.”
“Funding is being provided to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people stay engaged, complete their secondary school education and make a successful transition to higher education and the workforce,” said the Mayor.
The Academy project was the culmination of years of work by our community to address local needs of young Indigenous Australians in Moree.
The Academy will work with 100-150 local students in its first 12 months with plans to grow the intake in the coming years.
The Academy concept will be a real game changer for the Moree community and supports the Australian Government initiatives for healthy communities, and Closing the Gap; as well as the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s commitment for promoting healthy lifestyles, community connectedness and increasing participation in sport, recreational and cultural activities in rural NSW,” said the Mayor.
“The Australian Government’s initiatives to support healthy communities by providing these kinds of programs for youth in regional communities is vital for promoting long-term healthy and active lifestyles that will work towards closing the life expectancy gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” said the Mayor.