Youth centre wins funds

YOUTH workers on the Fraser Coast have welcomed the announcement that the Queensland Government will renew funding for a youth care home in Hervey Bay for another three years.

Child Safety Services Minister Phil Reeves announced yesterday that more than $2.2 million would go to the Integrated Family Youth Services residential care program in Hervey Bay.

The centre has only been operating since 2009 and provides short-term accommodation for local disadvantaged youth.

“We understand some Queensland families are doing it tough and we want to provide them with the right support at the right time to keep their children safe,” Mr Reeves said.

IFYS for Child Protection Programs state manager Andrew Young welcomed the news.

Mr Young said the funding would reduce pressure on families and other agencies.

He said the funding gave the agency an opportunity to help youth get help in their community.

“It means kids from Hervey Bay get to stay in Hervey Bay,” he said.

Mr Young said the IFYS was grateful that the State Government continued to support child protection.

“Child protection is not high on the agenda for most governments,” he said.

The funding will maintain four beds for youth aged 12-17 and six full-time jobs.



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