Granted $50,000 for youth sport program

THE NSW Government is shifting gears on the cycle of youth crime with a $50,000 grant for a new sports program.

TwilightPLUS is a free, five-week sporting program for 18 to 25-year-olds in Milperra. It will run on Fridays from 7-11pm and will provide dinner, uniforms and a free gym session.
This comes off the back of a successful sporting initiative run by the City of Canterbury Bankstown for 12 to 18-year-olds.
State MP for East Hills, Wendy Lindsay, said local children and teenagers would benefit from this innovative night-time sporting program to help keep them out of trouble.
Ms Lindsay said reducing the youth crime rate in Bankstown was a priority for the Government, particularly offences such as malicious damage, theft and assault.
“Participating in a supervised sporting program in the local area will help ensure our vulnerable children and teenagers are not out on the streets at night getting into any mischief,” Ms Lindsay said.
“Sport is a great outlet for young people, it keeps them fit and healthy and encourages positive relationships with team mates and the community, reducing the likelihood of anti-social behaviour.”
Public consultation carried out by the council identified a lack of safe, organised after-hours activities for young people in the Canterbury-Bankstown area.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said investing in simple initiatives like TwilightPLUS could really make a difference by giving a young person the incentive to keep their lives on track.