YOUNG people in Singleton with a disability will have increased opportunities to play sport, while others on the outskirts of town are expected to benefit from more convenient access to PCYC programs, thanks to NSW Government funding.
Minister for Regional Youth Bronnie Taylor and Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen visited Singleton PCYC on Wednesday, July 15, to congratulate the organisation - and manager David Andrews - on its successful application from the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).
The club received $109,396 from round three of the SCCF.
"It's great news, fantastic actually," Mr Andrews said.
"It enabled us to purchase a replacement 12-seater bus to transport youngsters to and from events.
"And, the money will go towards the PCYC's Friday Afternoon Fun initiative, too.
"It's our blue ribbon program.
"We've piloted the scheme for the past 18 months, so we can now secure the future of it as a free activity for the next two years.
"The initiative empowers and supports young people, living with a disability, to gain independence and social inclusion through participation in games, for example, which encourage confidence, resilience and respect.
"Now, we'll also be able to expand our operation to other groups, like Witmore Enterprises.
"So, we're very grateful for the government's assistance."
Mrs Taylor was certainly captivated by the Singleton PCYC.
"I'm glad we could help the team here," she said.
"The bus will enable young people living in isolated areas to be involved in community events and programs that they would otherwise miss out on.
"All PCYC staff does a great job.
"But, I'm extremely impressed with the Singleton facility - it's something the town should be proud of."
Mr Johnsen added work on more than 1000 Stronger Country Communities Fund round one and two projects were underway or completed.
"Everywhere I go, people tell me how SCCF initiatives have made a big difference to everyday life here in the Upper Hunter, from the new arena lighting at the Dungog Showground to the Merriwa Oval upgrade," he said.
"Helping young people participate in sport is a great example of the youth projects that the SCCF is designated to deliver; projects that teach new skills, support the local economy and make communities more connected and fun."
The $400 million SCCF is part of the state government's $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, which is being invested in programs and infrastructure that improves the lives of people in NSW.