Funding for youth programs

Seven organisations have been funded to run events for Katherine youth during the upcoming holidays.
Seven organisations have been funded to run events for Katherine youth during the upcoming holidays.

Seven Katherine-based youth organisations have been allocated a total of $50,000 as part of the Katherine Youth Services Innovation Fund.

These programs will be available for young people aged 10-17 during the upcoming school holidays.

Katherine police last month said they had boosted their patrols, anticipating a crime spike

“Traditionally we see a spike in property crime during school holiday periods,” Acting Senior Sergeant Rick Magree said.

The government has previously made major funding announcements for Palmerston and Alice Springs.

The funding supports Government plans for overhauling the youth justice system by engaging more with kids to get them off the street and tackle crime before it happens.

“We acknowledge that like many other towns, we face challenges with youth anti-social and criminal behaviour,” Katherine MLA Sandra Nelson said.

“The activities that we will have on offer are aimed at assisting vulnerable young people to have a safe space to hang out together during the summer school holidays.

The Katherine Interagency Panel consists of 16 key government agencies and non-government organisations which collaboratively addresses community concerns, identifies critical gap in service delivery and formulates collective action. The need for this additional funding came out of those discussions.

The programs that will be available to youths are:

Free Cinema Days hosted by Somerville Community Services on January 8 and 22.

Photography sessions at the Katherine Museum hosted by Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care

Minecraft LAN Day on January 15 hosted by RISE Ventures Katherine

Messy Play Days on January 8 and 15 hosted by Katherine Isolated Children's Service

Solar Cinema Screen movie and BBQ nights hosted by Katherine Regional Arts

Glow Disco Party on January 25 hosted by RISE Ventures Katherine

Family Pool Days on January 3 and 20 hosted by Kentish Lifelong Learning and Care Inc.