Two local councils from regional Tasmania and far north Queensland are among 17 communities to share $135,000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) ABC Heywire Youth Innovation grants program.
Northern Midlands Council in Tasmania received $3,000 to run a youth camp aimed at helping it build community resilience and improve young peoples’ mental health.
Carpentaria Shire Council received $10,000 to develop a youth chill out and homework room at the Normanton Sports Centre to help local youths with their schooling and mental health.
“It’s fantastic to be able to fund projects where young people have identified the issues, designed the solutions and will be involved in delivering them in their community,” said FRRR CEO, Natalie Egleton.
The projects stem from ideas generated by 50 young leaders at the ABC Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra in February.