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Mundaring youth service gap filled

MORE than $30,000 has been allocated to fill a six to nine-month gap in the Mundaring Shire’s youth services program. 

Councillor Doug Jeans moved a motion at Tuesday’s council meeting to implement a youth services transition plan while the Shire’s youth partnership funding program is developed.

The partnership funding program was approved by Council in May only to be brought back to a special council meeting council for reconsideration two weeks later. 

A revocation motion tabled at the special meeting failed and the original decision remained.

Cr Jeans’ motion on notice for the transition plan includes 21 school holiday activities to be delivered in the July, September/October and January school holidays, ongoing engagement with Seen and Heard Youth Service members, the development of a youth advisory committee and promotion of youth events and activities across the shire.

An amendment was made to increase the allocation of funding for the interim plan from $28,299 to $33,299 to support the Quick Flicks youth short film program run during the Darlington Art Festival.

The $5000 addition was made after a deputation from Darlington Sports and Recreation Association president Geoff Barker requesting the support.

The $33,299 will be funded from a $70,658 youth services contingency reserve in the 2018-19 budget. 

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