Member for Wide Bay
Llew O’Brien

March 22, 2018

South Burnett CTC has received $1.02 million from the Federal Government to continue its Reconnect Service for at-risk youth for another five years.

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said the funding would assist young people at risk of homelessness in Murgon and Cherbourg.

Reconnect uses community-based early intervention services to bring about family reconciliation for young people aged 12-18 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

It aims to help these young people improve their level of engagement with family, work, education, training and their local community.

Funding was also announced for three other providers offering Reconnect services in the Wide Bay region: Open Doors Youth Service, Fraser Coast Reconnect, and Reconnect Crucial Connection.

“Reconnect provides support and assistance to young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Reconnect services will help stabilise the lives of vulnerable young people in Wide Bay by keeping them connected with their families, communities, and education or employment opportunities.

“The Coalition Government’s long-term funding of Reconnect enables services to intervene to help prevent crisis from occurring.

“I encourage anyone who knows someone in a vulnerable housing situation to use this service.”

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